On Friday, Real Time host Bill Maher was joined by Cosmos host Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Tyson has been a perpetual thorn in the sides of right-wingers. Conservatives have demanded equal time on the show to “teach the controversy,” complained endlessly about the show on social media (Come on, Obama introduced an episode. It must be an evil socialist plot), and even edited evolution entirely out of an episode by “accidentally” removing 15 seconds of footage.
Maher asked the noted astrophysicist why Republicans seem to hate him to much. As evidence, Maher held up the newest edition of conservative lie-rag the National Review.
“I think the reason they don’t like you,” said Maher,” is that you’re a scientist–and a black one–who is smarter than they are.” He added, “It’s like Obama. A black person taking a white person’s job by being better at it. How dare he?”
Tyson told Maher that “There appears to be some jealousy that the ‘nerd’ set, the geek set tends to vote Democrat and I think they want some of those geeks.” He added that Comic-Con attendees would be overwhelmingly liberal if one were to take a hand count.
“I didn’t get that,” Maher responded. “I think one thing that they really don’t like something that ‘Cosmos’ gets at almost every week, is that we are very insignificant. And somehow this offends them, which seems stupid.”