Late-night talk show host Bill Maher, who is regularly anti-Trump, scolded Democrats for alienating half of the country.
During a segment on Friday’s “Real Time With Bill Maher,” the host said the 2020 election showed a record number of voters believe Democrats are divisive and “toxic.” He said the record number of people who voted for President Trump has got to force Democrats to reevaluate their strategy.
“With two Senate seats in Georgia still possible, seats that will make the difference between gridlock and progress, Democrats must figure out why so many voters still say to them, ‘You’re good enough, you’re smart enough, but doggone it, we don’t like you,’” Maher said via the Daily Caller. “Democrats need to ask what is it about a ‘D’ next to a candidate that makes it so toxic.”
Maher went on to say the 2020 election may have seen Trump lose the presidency but it was hardly a win for Democrats, who he said “wept, cursed, and traded blame” for losing congressional seats and failing to secure a majority in the Senate.
“Democrats kept saying in the campaign, ‘You can’t possibly think Trump is preferable to what we’re selling,’” he continued. “And many voters keep saying, ‘Yes, we can. In fact, our primary reason voting for him is to create a bulwark against you. Because your side thinks silence is violence and looting is not.’”
The host said it was Democrats’ own radical rhetoric that resulted in their weak showing.
The Daily Caller adds:
He went on to quote several Democrats who had challenged the prevailing rhetoric, arguing that the heavy focus on progressive issues like defunding the police had not done them any favors, particularly in swing districts.
House Majority Whip James Clyburn also called on his party to stop “sloganeering,” saying that catch-phrases like “Defund the Police” damaged candidates like Jamie Harrison, the Democrat who challenged Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham.
Maher concluded by saying that Democrats needed to listen to former President Barack Obama, who said, “This idea of purity and you’re never compromised, and you’re always politically woke and all that stuff — you should get over that quickly.”
Watch his comments below:
— Bill Maher (@billmaher) November 14, 2020