"Real Time with Bill Maher" host demolishes Trump's claim that he hires "the best people" by listing dubious qualifications of his administration.
Bill Maher commemorated the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump's inauguration as president -- or as he called it, "the day the world came to an end" -- by tearing apart the track record of the president's son-in-law Jared Kushner.
"They call Jared Kushner Trump's 'boy wonder' because whatever anyone sees in him, boy, it really makes you wonder," Maher said on HBO's "Real Time" Friday.
The comedian reminded his audience that Kushner was given a long list of important jobs in Trump's administration, starting with establishing peace in the Middle East. "Who better to earn the trust of the Palestinians than an Orthodox Jew who specializes in aggressively acquiring real estate?"
Other tasks in Kushner's job description included renegotiating trade deals, reinventing government, resetting relations with Mexico, China and Canada, and solving the opioid crisis.
"Let’s check in and see how Jared has done," Maher said. "Trade deals? Well, he’s most of the way through NAFTA’s Wikipedia page. Reinventing government? Yeah, that's one way to put it. Roads and bridges? Well, we do look better than we did a year ago, but that’s just compared to Puerto Rico."
He declared that Kushner has done "nothing" in all his other important roles, except maybe relations with Canada -- "Ivanka did eye-fuck the Prime Minister," Maher joked, referring to viral photographs of the First Daughter looking smitten with Justin Trudeau.
Maher proceeded to demolish Trump's claim that he would hire "the best people" by listing the dubious qualifications of other members of the administration -- like former right-wing talk radio personality Sam Clovis getting picked as chief scientist for the Department of Agriculture, UN Ambassador Nikki Haley having a bachelor's degree in accounting, and former bartender Victoria Barton doing congressional relations at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
"There's just no rules anymore. Sarah Huckabee Sanders is your boss's niece in charge of office birthdays, but now she's the spokesperson for the most powerful man in the world."
He continued, "These are the best people? Hot Dog on a Stick goes through a more vigorous vetting process. Because in Trump World, the only qualification that matters is massaging his ego. You do that, and you can get Trump to do anything."
"Just ask these guys," he added, showing pictures of Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping.