Maher accuses Biden of 'tragedy porn' for having household of Tyre Nichols at State of the Union: 'Exploitative'

“exact Time” host invoice Maher harshly criticized President Biden for having the household of Tyre Nichols attend his upcoming State of the Union handle on Feb 7. 

“I really feel like that is tragedy porn,” Maher reacted to the information. “i actually really feel like that is gross. you understand, it is too quickly to impose on that household now of their hour of grief that can permit you to politically. I imply, it is stunt casting, which they always do on the State of the Union handle. and that i simply, I simply really feel it is… we ought to be elevated than that.”

“it is exploitative of a household in grief, newly in grief,” Maher added. 

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“exact Time” host invoice Maher scolded President Biden for inviting the household of Tyre Nichols to the State of the Union so quickly after his loss of life.
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each of Maher’s panelists, ny occasions columnist Bret Stephens and Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., pushed again on the criticism in the direction of Biden. 

“that is a name for the Nichols household to make,” Stephens acknowledged, recalling the widow who attended former President George W. Bush’s State of the Union after 9-eleven. “these are intensely, intensely private calls.”

Gallego invoked former President Donald Trump inviting the late conservative radio large Rush Limbaugh to his final State of the Union to current him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, one factor the Democrat suggested was a chief event of “stunt casting.”

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“to discuss to a household — discuss, discuss to the us that is traumatized by seeing the federal authorities kill any particular person i really feel is an environment nice use of that time,” Gallego acknowledged. “we’re talking with regard to the State of the Union. The nation is talking about what simply occurred.” 

“And it is onerous to say no,” Maher acknowledged. “it is onerous to say no to the president when he asks you to do this.” 

U.S. President Joe Biden reacts at the House Democratic Caucus Issues Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. March 11, 2022.

U.S. President Joe Biden reacts on the residence Democratic Caucus factors convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. March eleven, 2022.
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The HBO star later urged to “get rid of the State of the Union,” one factor Stephens agreed with, equating the yearly custom to the Oscars. 

“it is miserable,” Maher acknowledged. “as a consequence of it was as quickly as a spot the place we would see us come collectively. I bear in thoughts Gerald Ford was in a place to say, like 50 years in the past, ‘The state of our union is unhealthy,’ which nobody would ever say as a consequence of then it may be in every advertising campaign industrial, however we trusted every utterly different. it is like, ‘Oh, you understand what? issues do suck, and we’re all gonna pull collectively. And the dude in cost is admitting it and we’re all gonna work collectively.’ that will not ever happen.”

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Gallego defended the State of the Union, telling Maher “traditions do matter” and that “it is important for the president to converse his imaginative and prescient and converse to the nation.”

This photo provided by the Nichols family shows Tyre Nichols, who had a passion for photography and was described by friends as joyful and lovable. Nichols was just minutes from his home in Memphis, Tenn., on Jan. 7, 2023, when he was pulled over by police and fatally beaten. Five Memphis police officers have since been charged with second-degree murder and other offenses. 

This photograph supplied by the Nichols household reveals Tyre Nichols, who had a ardour for pictures and was described by associates as joyful and lovable. Nichols was simply minutes from his residence in Memphis, Tenn., on Jan. 7, 2023, when he was pulled over by police and fatally crushed. 5 Memphis cops have since been charged with second-diploma homicide and utterly different offenses. 
(Courtesy of the Nichols household through AP)

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29-yr-previous Nichols died from his accidents days after he was brutally crushed by Memphis cops following a site visitors cease on Jan. 7. 

Demetrius Haley, Tadarrius Bean, Emmitt Martin, Desmond Mills and Justin Smith have been fired on Jan. 18 and later charged with second-diploma homicide. the earlier officers may resist 60 years in jail if convicted.

A sixth officer, Preston Hemphill, was terminated and has been departmentally charged with “a quantity of” violations of coverage. it is unclear whether or not he’ll equally face any authorized fees. 

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