Progressive talk-show host Bill Maher and conservative Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro sparred Friday on Maher’s HBO show over which side of the political spectrum is more responsible for what they called rising levels of incivility in politics.
On “Real Time with Bill Maher,” Shapiro sat down for an interview with the liberal host and argued that incivility “pre-existed Donald Trump.”
“This stuff pre-existed Donald Trump,” Shapiro told Maher. “It came from the vice president when he was saying that Mitt Romney, the cleanest person ever, OK, was the guy who was gonna ‘put y’all back in chains.’ To pretend incivility started with Donald Trump—”
The comment Shapiro referred to happened during the 2012 presidential campaign.
“I’m not talking about incivility,” Maher interrupted. “I’m talking about the level of which it’s at.”