Bill Maher addresses the controversy around a Muslim Texas teenager who was arrested after bringing in a homemade clock that the school mistook for a bomb. The boy, Ahmed Mohamed, has become a national sensation and rallying cause for the left.
Maher had a lively debate with panelists Mark Cuban, presidential candidate George Pataki, and MSNBC host Chris Matthews. Sitting next to Maher was Jorge Ramos, also a panelist, who said this was about race and religion and constantly interrupted other panelists in the middle of their thought to bring this up.
Maher made fun of the political correctness Ramos and others have shown.
"The message is you can see why they would err on the side of caution because only 25 miles away somebody did try to kill people," Maher said.
"What if it had been a bomb?" Maher asked. "So the teacher is supposed to see something that looks like a bomb and go, 'Oh wait, this might just be my white privilege talking? I sure don't want to be politically incorrect, so I'll just let it go.'"
BILL MAHER: There was a big story this week about a 14-year-old Muslim-American teenager in Texas who built a clock. He's a science kid, and that's great. And the people at the school thought it might be a bomb. Perhaps because it looks exactly like a fucking bomb.
JORGE RAMOS: It doesn't look like a bomb.
MAHER: And I noticed, you were at the debate (looking at Republican presidential candidate and former NY Governor George Pataki), Jake Tapper was asking you about ISIS and important questions about terrorism --
GEORGE PATAKI: He cut me off.
MAHER: -- and he cut you off. He said, 'Excuse me, Governor, I have to talk about a 14-year-old who built a clock and they did.
And look, this kid deserves an apology, no doubt about it, they were wrong. But can we have a little perspective about this? Did the teacher really do the wrong thing?
JORGE RAMOS: It would not happen if he wasn't Muslim.
MAHER: It's not the color of his skin.
RAMOS: Yes, of course.
MAHER: It's not the color of his skin.
RAMOS: And his religion.
MAHER: Excuse me. Somebody look me in the eye right here and tell me over the last 30 years if so many young Muslim men, and he is young, 14, but not that it never happened before, hasn't blown a lot of shit up around the world. And this kid deserves an apology because he wasn't one of them.
Let me read what somebody said on The Daily Beast, Dean Obeidallah, said, "Why would a homemade clock get him arrested, you may ask?"
RAMOS: His skin.
MAHER: I just answered that question. Because for the last 30 years, it's been one culture who has been blowing shit up over and over again. I could spend the rest of this show --
RAMOS: A 14-year-old in Texas.
MAHER: Excuse me, but lots of teenagers around the world have gone to join ISIS. Just a couple in Mississippi a few weeks ago were doing it. And every time somebody goes to join ISIS everybody around there says, 'I can't believe it, we didn't see it coming.'
RAMOS: We can't blame Muslims around the world for what somebody else did.
MARK CUBAN: All he had to do is engage with the teacher, and he didn't. That's the part that was missing. It's not, I agree with you right. We're making the issue of it because if it walks like a duck and talks like a duck --
RAMOS: You think Ahmed's responsible for this?
MAHER: Not him, not him!
CUBAN: It was wrong that he got arrested but all he had to do is talk to the teacher, but he didn't.
RAMOS: So, that's what he --
MAHER: Let me read the rest of what this person said. He's talking about the fact that he is from Irving, Texas. He said:
(Irving is only 25 minutes from Garland, where the “draw the Prophet Mohammed” contest was attacked by ISIS-sympathizing gunmen in May.) The message in Irving is clear: If you are Muslim, anything you do might be a plot to destroy America.
MAHER: No, the message is you can see why they would err on the side of caution because only 25 miles away somebody did try to kill people...
What if it had been a bomb? So the teacher is supposed to see something that looks like a bomb and go, 'Oh wait, this might just be my white privilege talking? I sure don't want to be politically incorrect, so I'll just let it go.'