After it became clear that Donald Trump had defeated Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton to become the new president-elect, millions of Americans across the country were left scratching their heads. After the CIA revealed Russia hacked the election in favor Trump, critics were quick to voice their opposition, including liberal comedian Bill Maher.

Maher on Russian hack

It was just over a week ago that The Washington Post broke their bombshell story of a secret CIA investigation into the 2016 presidential election.

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In their conclusion, the CIA found that Russia was behind the hack of the Democratic National Committee, which was later confirmed by the FBI and the White House. In a follow-up report, NBC News later revealed that Russian President Vladimir Putin was "personal" involved with the hacking, as part of a "vendetta" against Hillary Clinton in an attempt to help elect Donald Trump. One of Trump's biggest critics, Bill Maher, opened up about the incident during a special interview with ATTN on December 19.

"This Russia issue, to me, is the one that's going to show where the Republican Party is," Bill Maher told ATTN's Matthew Segal, explaining, "This is so beyond politics." "This is a foreign country that attacked us. Yes it's a cyber attack, but that's the world we live in now," Maher continued. When asked if he thought that Russia did enough to impact the actual election results, Maher agree, noting, "because he won by such a slim margin in a few states."

(Full interview above via ATTN)

"This is what scares me," Bill Maher stated, before rhetorically asking, "Shouldn't (James) Comey and the FBI be checking Putin instead of working to elect Donald Trump?" The host of "Real Time with Bill Maher" went on to say that if you are against investigating the Russian election hack, you are "not a patriot" and are "certainly not a good American." Maher's criticism is in line with many who share the same sentiments, including personal friend filmmaker Michael Moore who is planning a protest in Washington, D.C.

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during Trump's inauguration ceremony. Going a step further, Moore is also offering to pay any fines that electors face if they vote against the billionaire real estate mogul on Monday afternoon.

Moving forward

Despite the growing backlash, Donald Trump is set to be sworn in on Inauguration Day on January 20. Ironically, January 20 is the season premiere of "Real Time with Bill Maher" on HBO, as well as the host's birthday.