Bill Maher and Australian comedian Jim Jefferies ripped into Piers Morgan on Real Time after the one-time Celebrity Apprentice winner defended Donald Trump’s Muslim ban.
“The people who said during the campaign that Hillary Clinton was the lesser of two evils: Can we get the apology right now,” Maher asked during the panel discussion.
“Like Hillary Clinton would have a cabinet with Betsy DeVos and fucking Rick Perry. They wouldn’t have a Muslim ban, they wouldn’t be feuding with everyone in the world, they wouldn’t be doing this shit in Russia.”
Morgan then repeated the party line that “there is no Muslim ban,” even as federal courts docked Trump’s executive order, citing the administration’s many references to it being a “Muslim ban.”
As Morgan, a staunch Trump ally whose Twitter avatar is a photo of him and the mogul, continued to defend the president, Jefferies jumped into the fray.
“You say “[Trump] hasn’t done this, he hasn’t done that.’ Give him a fucking chance, mate,” Jefferies told Morgan. “Hitler didn’t kill Jews on the first day. He worked up to it.”
Morgan and Jefferies continued to butt heads until the comedian unleashed a savage burn on the former CNN interviewer, “You just like that you won The Apprentice and you have a famous friend.” That remark garnered a loud and collective “Oooh” from the audience.
Before the argument further intensified, fellow guest John Waters stepped in to cool things down.
On Twitter after the show, Jefferies continued to goad Morgan:
You wanna retweet this piers https://t.co/vCztPwMYbQ
— jim jefferies (@jimjefferies) February 11, 2017
After Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling relished in Morgan’s Real Time chiding, Morgan engaged her in a Twitter beef, saying that he had never read her “drivel.” Rowling then delivered her own haymaker:
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) February 11, 2017