Bill Maher of “Real Time with Bill Maher” on HBO has been known to be vocally unfriendly to Republicans and conservative ideologies. Sometimes, though, he’ll surprise us and come out to blast fellow liberals. I’ve posted a video or two in the past on social media where he does this, and during an airing of the show last week, he did just that.
As many on both sides have pointed out since this past Election Day, the “blue wave” that Democrats had been fantasizing about never came to fruition. Instead, despite control of the White House still being up in the air at this time, Republicans can boast about significant gains in the House, state legislatures, and a great possibility of them retaining control of the Senate. In his lesson to Democrats, Maher did not let this go unnoticed.
In his monologue, Maher pointed out "Democrats were supposed to flip the Senate and didn't, supposed to flip state legislatures…not a one. And they lost seats in the House in a year. Their share of minority votes went down. The message to Democrats from so much of the country seems to be we don't like Trump, but we still can't bring ourselves to vote for you."
Maher also took the time to quote and paraphrase what fellow Democrats had to say in their assessments of the “blue wave” failure.
"Liberals can either write off half the country as irredeemable or they can ask, 'What is it about a "D" next to a candidate's name that makes it so toxic?' Let's ask Ruben Gallego. He's a congressman from Arizona. He was asked how his Democrats could do a better job connecting to Latinos. He said first start by not using the term Latinx, which the vast majority of Latinos have never heard of, and when they do, don't like it. Who likes it? Pandering white politicians who mistake Twitter for real people."
In another piece of his monologue, he quoted a different politician who spoke on the far-left policies that scared off a majority of Americans.
Virginia Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger said after the election, if we are classifying Tuesday as a success, we will get f***ing torn apart in 2022. That's a congresswoman. She was urging members not to talk about defunding the police. James Clyburn agreed. "Defund the police is killing our party," he said. Pennsylvania Democrat Conor Lamb says "Democratic rhetoric needs to be dialed back, it needs to be rooted in common sense." Thank you. Thank you. There, in my opinion, is the crux of the problem, Democrats too often don't come across as having common sense to a huge swath of Americans.
The full monologue can be seen below. Please be forewarned, though, it contains strong language.