In a recent episode of “Real Time”, host Bill Maher drew a connection between the last-minute clean-up of San Francisco by Democrats and the potential victory of former President Donald Trump in the 2024 election. The city of San Francisco hosted the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) conference this week, where leaders from around the world, including Chinese President Xi Jinping, gathered. Prior to the conference, Democrats at both the local and state level made efforts to address issues like homelessness that have plagued the city.
Maher proposed his theory on why Trump is performing well not only within the party but also in comparison to President Biden. He highlighted the interesting move taken by officials in San Francisco to clean up the city before Xi’s visit, despite the longstanding problems of homelessness and street deterioration. Maher humorously commented on the irony of only prioritizing cleanliness when important figures are visiting.
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Maher argued that this is a reason why Trump is perceived as successful. Trump’s proposals to address the issues of mental health facilities and immigration resonate with people who see cities as chaotic and out of control. Maher questioned why Democrats only took action for three days and proposed making the cleaning efforts permanent.
California Governor Gavin Newsom, who has been considered as a potential alternative to Biden, admitted that the decision to clean up San Francisco was indeed motivated by the presence of international leaders. Newsom faced backlash for his candid admission during a press conference.
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Maher, who has repeatedly sounded the alarm about Trump’s potential victory in 2024, has urged Biden to step aside and allow a younger Democrat to take over. He has likened Biden to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who didn’t retire during the Obama presidency and was later replaced by a Trump-appointed justice.
Overall, Maher’s observation about the clean-up in San Francisco serves as a reflection of larger political dynamics and potential shifts in the 2024 election.