New York Times opinion columnist Thomas Friedman declared Donald Trump's presidency a "moral 9/11" on Friday's broadcast of HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher.
After MTV News correspondent Ana Marie Cox expressed how people are "legitimately frightened" about social changes President Obama has made could get taken away because "it's all executive order." She also warned that the Supreme Court could overturn gay marriage.
"The crisis hotline for trans people saw an increase of like 400 times on Tuesday night," a frightened Cox said.
"There are people who feel, not just people of color, lots of vulnerable communities who are just scared," she said.
"There's a potential that there's a student out there, there's a post-doc, a person of color, Chinese, Asian, Indian, and they're saying now do I want to study in America? Do I want to work in America? And you'll see the impact of that in ten years. You won't see it now. The next Sergey Brin won't come here. The next great inventor won't come here
"This is a moral 9/11," Friedman declared. "Only 9/11 was done from us on the outside and we did this to ourselves."
Friedman's comment received applause.
Bill Maher then offered advice to Democrats: