Liberal comedian and failed Comedy Central host Larry Wilmore made several snide comments about conservatives as he not only cracked that former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was "murdered by a pillow," but he poked fun at the 13 children who were infamously held prisoner and abused by their parents as he likened them to Republicans held hostage by President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence as "that creepy white couple." He also suggested that those who opposed Martin Luther King Jr. and ultimately murdered him were of the same ilk as Fox News and Republicans as host Bill Maher wondered how they would treat Dr. King if he were alive today.
At about 10:18 p.m. ET, Maher accused Republicans -- also lumping in Wal-Mart -- of lying to bolster President Donald Trump, referring to it as a "vast right-wing conspiracy." Wilmore then jumped in with a tasteless joke: "It's fascinating, but he's like people are scared to leave, like Trump and Pence are those -- that creepy white couple and Republicans are those 13 kids or something, you know." Trying to preempt negative reaction, he then tried to claim: "I'm not making fun of them." A bit later, Wilmore complained that Democrats do not "play hardball" like Republicans, and made a joke about Scalia's death: "Well, remember, Mitch McConnell -- Judge Scalia was murdered by that pillow like a -- for a whole year, he was dead. Mitch McConnell held out for a whole year for Gorsuch, That's playing hardball."
This is not the first time former Justice Scalia's death has been exploited for laughs on the Real Time show, as host Maher joked about it on his show in February 2016 the week after Scalia's passing. Returning to Friday's show, Maher then brought up Martin Luther King Day and mocked Republicans for praising the slain civil rights leader: "Whenever this holiday happens, all of the Republicans, they talk in such glowing terms, Dr. King, and they're gonna march with him -- what would they be saying about him on Fox News if he was alive?" Wilmore tried to blame Fox News retroactively for King assassination as he responded with more vitriol: "We saw how they treated him when he was alive, which is why he's not alive right now."