Bill Maher makes bet on duration of Trump presidency


In a Friday appearance on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” former Trump campaign senior adviser and White House aide Boris Epshteyn took the host’s bet of “100 rubles” that Trump will be “out by Christmas.”

“I think he can be president for eight years,” Epshteyn said, prompting a chorus of boos from the studio audience. “Sorry to disappoint you folks.”

“Why don’t we have a gentlemen’s bet. A hundred rubles?” Maher asked. “Gentlemen’s bet: He is out by Christmas.”

Epshteyn took the bet, after which Maher said, “He looks like he’s trying to get impeached. It looks like he’s admitted obstruction of justice at least twice.”

Epshteyn, a Georgetown University graduate who grew up in Moscow before coming to the U.S. at age 11, joined the Sinclair Broadcast Group in April after leaving the White House and is currently the chief political analyst at the media company.

Maher contended that Sinclair is positioning itself “to the right of Fox News,” but Epshteyn disagreed.

“That’s not true,” he said. ““Fox is a cable channel. This is different.”

Epshteyn asserted that Sinclair provides its 173 channels across the U.S. with content that is “straight down the middle.”

“If they hired you as the front man,” Maher quipped, “they’re not straight down the middle.”

“I’m not the front man, I’m the chief political analyst,” Epshteyn said.

On May 8, Sinclair Broadcast Group announced it would purchase the Tribune Media Company for $3.9 billion, The Hill reported.



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