“I admit that it’s unorthodox,” Maher said. “She’s 35, the boy is 14. He was younger when they started. But she is pregnant again. That was the story this week.”
“This is the second child by this boy. They are keeping the mother in jail because she won’t conform to what society feels should be the perfect American family.”
Republican activist Celeste Greig responded by calling the relationship “sickening,” adding that the situation was a clear example of rape.
“Sickening. Absolutely sickening,” Greig said. “The woman is over 20 years older, and she raped this kid.”
Maher once again leapt to the defense of the couple, asking “How can a woman rape a man?”
Other guests, including former Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins, similarly pushed back against Maher’s claim.
The video surfaced online after gay journalist Milo Yiannopolous, who was a recent guest on Maher’s show, became embroiled in a scandal regarding similar comments.