Country music star Trace Adkins went on Real Time with Bill Maher to discuss his new show on Fox, Monarch, where he refused to back down from his support of former President Donald Trump. Adkins appeared on the Celebrity Apprentice with Trump.
Journalist Julia Ioffe and writer Jon Meacham appeared with Adkins. Meacham said at one point:
“I think when you launch an attack on the Capitol. And you undermine the one thing we’ve got that enables this other experiment to go on and I’m not saying the other side’s perfect. But I think a lot of Republicans, see if you agree with this, I think a lot of Republicans who don’t like Trump want forgiveness, but they don’t wanna repent.”
Maher stepped in and said: “Yeah. Well, we don’t have to answer that,” while turning to Adkins.
Adkins didn’t miss a beat and said: “I ain’t asking forgiveness for sh*t.”
The Hollywood audience burst into laughter and applause.
“Right, and you shouldn’t have to. You didn’t do anything,” Maher said.
“It’s not personal — it’s policy,” Adkins said.
Maher called out liberal nonsense during his New Rules section. he said:
“Liberals are accusing conservatives of wanting to whitewash the past, and sometimes that’s true, sometimes they do. But plenty of liberals also want to abuse history to control the present.
“Last month a scholar named James Sweet caught hell for calling them out for doing just that. He criticized the phenomenon known as presentism which means judging everyone in the past by the standards of the present.
“It’s the belief that people who lived a hundred or five hundred or a thousand years ago really should have known better.
“I read Ayn Rand. I smoked. I was into numerology.
“Because we hadn’t then grown into the persons we would become.
“And humanity writ-large is just the collective version of that.
“Did Columbus commit atrocities? Of course.
“The people back then were generally atrocious.
“Everybody who could afford one had a slave, including people of color.”
“The way people talk about slavery these days you’d think it was a uniquely American thing that we invented in 1619.
“But slavery throughout history has been the rule not the exception.
“The Sumerians, the Egyptians, the Greeks, Romans, the Arabs, British, the early Americans…
“The holy bible is practically an owner’s manual for slaveholders.
“The word slave comes from slav because so many slavic people were enslaved and they’re as white as the hallmark channel.
“Who do you think gathered the slaves from the interior of africa to sell to slave traders? Africans, who also kept their own slaves.”
“But in today’s world, when truth conflicts with narrative, it’s the truth that has to apologize.
‘Being woke is like a magic moral time machine where you judge everybody against what you imagine you would have done in 1066: And you always win.
“That is not to say that there is some truth to the old rubric that ‘history is written by the winners’ and it is subjective.
“It’s also true that much of history is indisputably factual because we have artifacts and coins and birth records and archaeology.”
“Somebody in Mesopotamia kept a record of how much grain they ate: It’s not all up in the air to change or delete or make up based on what makes you feel better today,” he said.
“They don’t know what America is supposed to be because we stopped teaching history and stopped teaching civics. We teach bullshit.”
Bill Maher tells the truth about slavery and destroys wokeness in < than 10 minutes. pic.twitter.com/8ABR6pRqZY
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) September 17, 2022