By “zombie lies” he was referring to lies that have been debunked time and time again, yet somehow Republicans continue to perpetuate them. They’re lies that simply refuse to die.
Maher said, “They said Obamacare would use death panels. It doesn’t. They said it was a government takeover, and the insurance industry is making record profits. They said it covered illegals. It doesn’t. They said it was a job killer. It hasn’t been.”
He then talked about how Obama handled his false promise that anyone who wanted to keep their old insurance plan could if they wanted, saying, “He stepped up and said, ‘You’re right, my bad,’ because he understood there’s this thing called ‘observable reality.’”
Pointing to a few months ago when news came out that around 2 percent of the population couldn’t keep their old health insurance plan, Obama not only apologized for misleading some people, but he stopped saying the lie. Something Republicans don’t do, even when the lie has been soundly debunked.
“Remember ‘fracking doesn’t cause earthquakes?’ Zombie lie, so stop saying it,” Maher continued. “‘Voter fraud’? We studied it. It’s not an actual problem. Stop zombie-lying about it. Their entire economic philosophy, cut taxes for the rich and it trickles down, is a zombie lie. And all these zombie lies are still out there, roaming the countryside, neither alive nor dead, like Dick Cheney. Hungry for brains, like Dick Cheney.”
He then took shots at Cheney for having the nerve to push some of the same lies about Iraq now that were debunked years ago.
His entire rant was great, because he’s absolutely right.
In my many encounters with Republicans, it’s amazing just how little factual information many of them believe. And I’m not talking about subjective partisan differences. I mean basic facts. Here are a few of the lies many conservatives I encounter still actually believe:
- The economy is worse now than when Obama was first elected (when we were shedding hundreds of thousands of jobs a month).
- That the economic crash happened after Obama was elected.
- Obama bailed out Wall Street.
- “Obamacare” is government-run health care.
- President Obama is a Muslim.
- Obama’s building a private army through FEMA (yes, this one is far more common than you think).
- Obama’s not really an American.
- Obama’s trying to confiscate guns.
- Democrats and President Obama shut down the government.
- Democrats had full control of Congress for Obama’s first two years.
Just to name a few of the things I constantly hear many conservatives still tell me that are complete lies and 100 percent untrue. But that doesn’t stop millions of them from still believing they’re accurate. Even though a simple Google search could disprove every single one of them.
Though, the truth of it is, many of these conservatives simply don’t want to believe the truth.
But I absolutely loved how Maher delivered this segment. Sure, he threw in a little comedy, but you could tell he was being about as serious as he could be. And he had every right to be, because it’s the truth.
Time and time again I see these lies driven by the right-wing media even though there’s no factual basis to them. Sites like the Drudge Report and Breitbart, two go-to sites for many conservatives, pushing blatant lies all day every day. But not just lies, radical conspiracy theories that not too long ago only tinfoil hat basement dwellers would believe. Now they’ve somehow become part of the “mainstream conservative media and information circuit.”
It’s both comical, and slightly terrifying.
And while I don’t always agree with Bill Maher, his “zombie lies” segment was one of the better ones I’ve seen in quite a while.
Watch the segment below via HBO: