September 25th, 2010
03:15 PM ET
10 years ago

O'Donnell in 1998: 'Evolution is a myth'

(CNN) - Keeping to his promise that he would release a controversial video clip of Delaware GOP Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell every week until she appears on his television show, liberal comedian Bill Maher unveiled another clip of the Tea Party favorite on Friday.

In the latest clip, culled from a 1998 episode of Maher’s old show “Politically Incorrect,” O’Donnell is shown vehemently asserting that “evolution is a myth.”

Video: 'Evolution is a myth,' says O'Donnell in 1998

A stupefied Maher asks, “Have you ever looked at a monkey?” to which O’Donnell replies, “Well then...why aren’t monkeys still evolving into humans?”

Maher aired the clip on his current HBO show, "Real Time with Bill Maher."

The latest clip comes days after video of O’Donnell surfaced showing the candidate in 2003 claiming its possible to stop Americans from having sex.

And last week, Maher released a clip that featured O’Donnell in 1999 saying that in high school she “dabbled into witchcraft.”

O’Donnell’s campaign has dismissed the previous clips as distractions.

According to a CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Wednesday, Democratic Senate nominee Chris Coons holds a 16 percentage point lead over O’Donnell among likely voters, 55 percent to 39 percent. Among the wider pool of registered voters, Coons leads O'Donnell by 25 points.

Filed under: 2010 • Christine O'Donnell • Delaware
soundoff (305 Responses)
  1. MarkR

    Bill Maher is not trying to destroy anyone. Rather, he is trying to point out that our present political system is so broken that it rewards people who have very little understanding of reality, or for that matter of modern religion, with political visibility. Clearly the voters in Delaware are capable of seeing this person for what she is. An eastern version of Sarah Palin, an attractive person with a marginal intelligence looking to make money from playing the political system. I say she and PT Barnum would be good business partners. Keep trying to fool them, honey. Someday they will pay $50,000 to hear you spout off empty drivel.

    September 26, 2010 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  2. Jay Best

    Monkeys are evolving into many things including, possibly, humans. This is something that happens over millions of years...not the few that recorded history has witnessed.

    September 26, 2010 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  3. Big John

    I'll believe in god when someone tells me where he/she /it comes from. Who are his/her/ it's parents and where do they live? Why don't they ever get any credit? Does anyone ever mention gods parents??? Until someone can explain sensibly, I'm sticking with evolution, it's the only thing that makes logical sense. Truth one: No one knows for sure where or how or why this universe (and planet earth) came to be in the first place. Evolution has been proven scientifically (to me) through many species and fossile findings. To think otherwise is placing ones head very deeply in the sand. Lalalala I can't see or hear you!

    September 26, 2010 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  4. Alex NJ

    Look I am a Libertarian and an Agnostic. It is beyond me how someone could not realize evolution is the logical way things came to be. I am in my mind certain that the Bible, Torah Koran and all other religious books are about as real as the tales from Mount Olympus. However there is a difference between respectfully disagreeing with religion and being a jerk about it. Bill Maher is a jerk. He's also not a Libertarian as he claims to be, hes a far left with nut job. I disagree with organized religion but I am not intolerant of it like those of the left who seem to outright hate the religious. That being said, if I lived in Delaware I wouldn't be able to vote for either Senate candidate because I disagree with Coon's somewhat open socialist ideals as well as O'Donnell's desire to impose church on the state. Bottom line, all of you Reoublicans AND Democrats have to wrong. If Jefferson Madison and Washington were alive today, they'd be Libertarians.

    September 26, 2010 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  5. D

    Moron! This ignorant person should not be in charge of anything!

    September 26, 2010 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  6. donna

    Please quit picking on her. The Dems have Delaware. The more you turn up the heat, the more sympathy votes she'll get. Just let things simmer.

    September 26, 2010 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  7. SaavyB

    Matthew Curley: point taken that Bill Maher has an agenda and will tailor his media to suit. However, I'd rather see someone in higher office who has enough of an intelligence quotient to be able to objectively analyze potentially competing ideas – religion and science for instance, and reach a point where they can see 'potential truth' in an opposing point of view even if they don't necessarily agree with. To not occasionally cede as such only wreaks of hubris. Bill Maher can be a jerk and a bigot in his own atheistic way, but he is not seeking to represent 50% of the great state of Delaware, and 1% of the entire nation.

    September 26, 2010 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  8. pinokeeoh

    No, liberals are evolving and will become monkeys. By the way, how are your ratings CNN?

    September 26, 2010 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  9. SaavyB

    Tam: good point. On the contrary, the big bang could have happened for whatever reason, and since we can't necessarily explain in human terms why or what caused it, you as a religious person are entitled to allocate credit with God just as someone with a more scientific inclination has every right to rationalize it. The trouble is when one side calls the other an idiot, and attempts to legislate the other thought processes into oblivion.

    September 26, 2010 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  10. Anand

    Perfect company for Palin who also did not understand evolution and even gave a speech against funding fruit fly research.

    September 26, 2010 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  11. Nyuk Nyuk

    I never saw a mouse with a human brain, but I just saw a woman with a mouse brain.

    September 26, 2010 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  12. Vivek Chaudhary

    Bill Maher is scum–bag. People have right to believe in whatever they want to believe as long as it does not disturbs the peace of the community and nation. After this claim by him, I think I have more respect for O'Donnell. In the interview she stood her foot well grounded. Now let him answer if he has seen any monkey in the process of transformation. O'Donnell, I have seen such a money, hosting a talk show. Unfortunately, his brain is still undeveloped.

    September 26, 2010 01:38 am at 1:38 am |

    O'Donnell is gaining in the polls! Even this won't help the commies!

    September 26, 2010 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  14. Republican's Are Crazy !

    WOW ! This lady is a nutcase ! First we find out she practiced witchcraft , then we find out she was using campaign donation's as her personal piggy bank and now she doesn't believe in evolution ! The hit's just keep on coming with this lady and she is supposed to be campaigning for a Senate seat , ARE YOU KIDDING ? This lady like the teaparty candidates are too crazy too be anywhere near Washington !

    September 26, 2010 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  15. ICanHazTeePartiez

    Also: Heliocentrism is a liberal lie! It's physically impossible for the Earth to have a spherical geometry. Or else how would all the people in Australia stay on it?

    September 26, 2010 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  16. Matt

    The fact she doesn't believe in evolution isn't a shocker.

    The only footage I needed to see was her going on a news program and saying that scientists were joining human and mice brains together and cloning them... or something along those lines... I mean the woman is literally a nut case...

    September 26, 2010 02:37 am at 2:37 am |
  17. BDub

    So what? I used to believe Democrats wanted to help those in need. Now I realize they just want power. They seize property from producers and spread it around, enslaving everyone...

    September 26, 2010 02:49 am at 2:49 am |
  18. Geoffrey

    Regardless of whether she believes in evolution, she should understand it. It's not a single progression from one species to another. Monkeys don't become human. Monkeys may evolve into many different specieis that are different monkeys or may evolve into species that might no longer be considered monkeys. All of this occurs over many, many generations.

    September 26, 2010 02:56 am at 2:56 am |
  19. alan

    but bill, evolution is a myth....

    September 26, 2010 03:06 am at 3:06 am |
  20. Darth Vadik, CA

    Oh brother!!!!!
    Are you going to believe a 3500+ year old book that even Jews take only as a "moral" guide, not "the truth", or your own lying eyes????

    September 26, 2010 03:12 am at 3:12 am |
  21. kristen

    This is not about mocking her because she doesn't believe in evolution. The thing that is funny about this clip is the comment she makes at the end: “Well then...why aren’t monkeys still evolving into humans?” It's clear that she probably doesn't even know what the theory of evolution claims.

    September 26, 2010 03:16 am at 3:16 am |
  22. Aezel

    "Evolution has not been proven to be true and never will be proven"

    Um no. You can say that all you want, but evolution has pretty much been proven undeniably to be true by science. Just because you lie a lot doesn't make your lie true. Anyone who claims that evolution hasn't been proven is just basically making things up. There are details about it we don't quite fully understand, but that doesn't mean the overall process isn't happening.

    September 26, 2010 03:46 am at 3:46 am |
  23. CTYank

    This is merely another indication that she's extremely intellectually lazy and ill-informed. Like Sarah, also arrogant about it.
    Totally not senatorial material. We could use a little transparency here; after all, there are only 100 US Senators. This is important.
    Maybe this also points out the wildly disproportionate representation in the Senate- Wyoming, Delaware, Rhode Island have the same number of Senators as California or NY or Texas. Waaaaay outdated.

    September 26, 2010 04:01 am at 4:01 am |
  24. Kevin Clark

    Everyone is entitled to their belief, but NOBODY is entitled to their own facts. Evolution has been proven; we can see it at work constantly...Ms. O'Donnell, and everyone else who doesn't believe in it, are ignorant.

    September 26, 2010 04:11 am at 4:11 am |
  25. X

    People need to be better educated on the use of the word "theory". A theory as commonly used simply means an idea, an opinion. In science, however, a theory is backed by scientific observation and/or experimentation. An idea lacking this is called a HYPOTHESIS. Evolution is a theory. Creation is a hypothesis.

    September 26, 2010 04:24 am at 4:24 am |
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