Maher’s joke started as a riff on President Donald J. Trump’s sloppy brinksmanship in the trade showdown with China but then it took a sharp turn into the lurid with a punchline about Epstein’s hanging death at New York’s Metropolitan Correctional Center.
“Trump, the financial genius, is driving the economy over a cliff,” Maher mused. “For years, every one of the world’s economies has been doing f—ing great. Growing! Nobody, they said, could screw it up. Hah. Enter Trump saying,