That difficulty is only compounded by the fact that Trump has approvingly cited his daughter's looks.
("'If Ivanka weren't my daughter, perhaps I'd be dating her," he said on ABC’s “The View” in 2006.) Moreover, she has more visibility and power than any presidential child in modern American history.
The host's good friend, comedian-turned-politician Al Franken, announced on Monday that he will not be appearing on the show.'Senator Franken believes that what Bill Maher said was inappropriate and offensive, which is why he made the decision not to appear on the next episode of 'Real Time,'' said Franken's office in a statement on Monday.
'He was glad to see Bill, who the Senator considers to be a good friend, apologize and express sincere regret for his comment.' Pejorative: The popular host of the long-running late-night program outraged many when he used the phrase 'house n*****' on his most recent episode last Friday (above last Friday on 'Real Time' with Senator Ben Sasse)TMZ was the first to report that Maher would be returning to work on Friday.
Keep up with this story and more magazine's Gabriel Sherman, the bête noire of Fox News, that Ivanka would be "our saving grace" as her father was "about to fucking nuke Finland or something." (The United States does not presently have hostile relations with Finland.)The joke continues with Ivanka walking into her father's bedroom.
"Don't do it Daddy," Maher says in imitation of the first daughter while making a sexually suggestive motion with his left hand. He appears to be laughing, though the laughter may be of the nervous variety.
Staff at the 'majority' of venues are reported to have told TMZ they were either not aware of the televised incident - or were looking into it.
Trump and an advocate for equality, social justice, free speech, and the legalization of marijuana, he reigns as one of the leading voices on the left.
In 2015, he compared British singer Zain Malik to Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokar Tsarnaev—a joke in a long line of crudely provocative jokes and statements about Islam.
Ivanka Trump represents especially difficult terrain, particularly for male comedians like Maher.
Last week, it was Stephen Colbert who earned the ire of right-wing critics with his third joke in recent months about oral sex acts between President Donald Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
This time, the offending comic was Bill Maher, who on Friday evening suggested that Trump was involved in a sexual relationship with his daughter Ivanka, a close adviser who is said to have a moderating influence on her oft-intemperate father.