“Real Time” host Bill Maher is defending the Texas police officers who arrested Ahmed Mohamed, whose homemade clock aroused officials’ suspicions.
Maher said the 14-year-old Muslim boy’s clock looked exactly like a bomb.
“Look, this kid deserves an apology, no doubt about it, they were wrong, but can we have a little perspective about this?” Maher said on his show on Friday. “Did the teacher really do the wrong thing?”
Univision anchor Jorge Ramos, who was a guest on the show, said Ahmed was arrested because of his ethnicity.
“Because for the last 30 years, it’s been one culture that has been blowing shit up over and over again,” Maher responded.
“What if it had been a bomb?” Maher asked. “So the teacher is supposed to see something that looks like a bomb and go, ‘oh wait, this might just be my white privilege talking’? ‘I don’t want to be politically incorrect, so I’ll just let it go.’”
“He was arrested and they took him off in cuffs and then put him in a cage and burned him,” he said. “Oh, no, that’s ISIS who does that. We put a kid after school for a couple of hours. This is not the end of the world.”
Several politicians condemned the police officers for arresting Mohamed, saying the incident was a case of racial profiling.
President Obama invited Mohamed to the White House in response.
“Cool clock, Ahmed,” the president tweeted on Wednesday. “Want to bring it to the White House? We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It’s what makes America great.”
Maher has been a vocal critic of militant Islam on his show for several years.