In his final New Rule of the season, Bill Maher calls on Americans to put aside their political differences.
"This year, just celebrate Thanksgiving. Don't try to win it. And never forget, the single shining truth about democracy: it means sharing a country with assholes you can't stand," Maher said.
"It's no longer enough to just make a point," he said. "You have to destroy. You have to own people. Except the person who gets owned doesn't change their mind. They just make a mental note never to interact again with DM_Me_Your_Titties."
"Lately we've been hearing more and more about a second civil war which sounds impossible in this modern, affluent country. It is not,” Maher said. “We talk about Trump as an existential threat, but his side sees Democratic control of government the exact same way. When both sides believe the other guy taking over means the end of the world, yes, you can have a civil war."
“Yes, I have said things like that but I’m going to try to stop because I have learned that the anti-intellectualism on the right doesn’t come primarily through stupidity it comes from hate. Telling people that you think they’re irredeemable is what makes them say ‘You know what, I’d rather side with Russia than you.'"
“Home is where you learn that the three magic words in any relationship aren’t ‘I love you’ they’re ‘let it go," he said.
"We are going to have to learn to live with each other or else there will be blood,” Maher said. “So don’t freak out if Ellen [DeGeneres] sits next to George Bush at a football game. Bush was not my idea of a good president but I never worried that he was going to lock up his political opponents or reporters or me.”
"If you can’t see the difference between that and Donald Trump then Democrats are doomed," he added.