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18 May, 2019 15:04

‘I had 12 cups of coffee’: Fran Lebowitz offers half-hearted apology over Trump murder suggestion

‘I had 12 cups of coffee’: Fran Lebowitz offers half-hearted apology over Trump murder suggestion

Fran Lebowitz apologized for people ‘misinterpreting’ her suggestion President Donald Trump be turned “over to the Saudis” so they can “do the same for him” as they did to murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The author was asked whether she thought the president should be impeached on Friday night’s show, and she responded that “impeachment would be just the beginning of what he deserves,” going on to suggest he be sent “over to the Saudis, his buddies – the same Saudis who got rid of that reporter.” 

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Lebowitz was referring to the dismemberment of the Washington Post journalist inside the Saudi embassy in Turkey in October, “Maybe they could do the same for [Trump],” she said.

Lebowitz was alerted to the furore her idea generated by the show’s producers and apologized during the ‘Overtime’ segment after the main Real Time with Bill Maher show.

“I saw your face when I said it,” she told Maher, after suggesting it was the producers who wanted her to apologize. “I didn’t realize that I had said it. I had 12 cups of coffee. I regret saying it.”

“I did not mean that, and I regret saying it, I regret that everyone misrepresented it because they misinterpret everything,” the author added when pressed by Maher.

 Many viewers were unimpressed by Lebowitz’s apology and enraged by her statements about Trump. Some appeared to enjoy Lebowitz’s sentiment, while others criticized Maher for “throwing her under the bus.”

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