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Maher torches Hasan Minhaj’s ’emotional truth’ after faking racism stories: ‘If Jussie Smollett did stand-up’

“Real Time” host Bill Maher closed his show Friday night by torching fellow comedian Hasan Minhaj over his so-called “emotional truth” after various stories he told about alleged racism he faced ended up being fake. 

Minhaj, best known as a former correspondent for “The Daily Show,” was the subject of a damning profile published by The New Yorker where he was forced to admit that claims he made about bigotry he has faced as a Muslim American and a person of color in his stand-up comedy didn’t actually happen. 

“This dangerous idea that has taken root in America that something is true merely because you want to believe it’s true has got to go,” Maher began his monologue. “When the right does this, we call it conspiracy theories, and rightly so. When the left does it, we call it ‘emotional truth,’ which brings me to Hasan Minhaj, the comedian who answers the question, ‘What if Jussie Smollett did stand-up?’”


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Joseph A. Wulfsohn is a media reporter for Fox News Digital. Story tips can be sent to and on Twitter: @JosephWulfsohn.


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