(WASHINGTONTIMES) — HBO’s Bill Maher suggested during his show Friday that President Obama is leading as a “centrist” out of fear of being assassinated like John F. Kennedy.

The “Real Time” host said that leaders such as JFK always “get cut out of the picture, violently or otherwise, and maybe that is why Barack Obama is a little more of the centrist than we want him to be.”

MSNBC host Chris Matthews, appearing as a guest on the show, said he was surprised by the “extraordinary statement.”

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