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Schumer Defends Maher Because He's 'On at 11:00 at Night'

10:52 AM, Mar 11, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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ABC host George Stephanopoulos asked New York senator Chuck Schumer this morning whether Democrats should return Bill Maher's money. Schumer responded by saying "no," because "Bill Maher is a comedian who is on at 11:00 at night but has very little influence on what’s happening here."

Maher, who recently pledged $1 million to President Obama's super PAC, is under fire for misogynistic comments directed toward Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann, after Democrats targeted Rush Limbaugh for his own unsavory remarks.

Here's the exchange:

"Well, no, I mean, look the bottom line is, Rush Limbaugh’s comments were just nasty and directed at a particular young woman who had a particular point of view and was expressing herself," Senator Schumer tells  Stephanopoulos. "Bill Maher is a comedian. It’s much different. Rush Limbaugh has tremendous weight in the Republican party - no one will rebut him. Bill Maher is a comedian who is on at 11:00 at night but has very little influence on what’s happening here. So, again, they’re sort of in hole and they’re always trying to look for excuses."

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