On CNN, news host Jake Tapper asked guest on Bill Maher if he agreed with Hillary Clinton’s recent claim she lost the 2016 because of FBI director James Comey’s letter that came days before Election Day, and the WikiLeaks email dumps. Maher not only said that Clinton was wrong, he added, “I don’t know why she needs to be coming back. She had her turn and it didn’t work out.”  
However, Maher did agree with Clinton’s contention that misogyny played a role in her electoral college defeat. “I think we learned a lot about this country – and we’re learning more as we watch what goes on with Fox News every day,” he said.
For 2020, Maher forecast a crowded field of Democratic hopefuls and candidates. He said that he hopes that the Democratic Party will have learned some lessons by then, for example, “like have a message – ‘At Least We’re Not Crazy’ didn’t work.”
Tapper asked Maher to explain his claim that liberals should cease resorting to facts to win over Trump’s constituency. Maher suggested that Democrats should ease up on “the identity politics” too.
“They pulled off quite a neat trick in 2016; they made white people feel like a minority, or enough of them to swing the election,” Maher said. “That’s important: make sure you represent everybody, including the majority.”
“And go where the energy is in the party,” Maher continued. “Hillary is a lovely lady, but she wouldn’t fill the function room at the Olive Garden.” In a reference to Donald Trump in which he mis-stated the president’s age, Maher said this “74-year-old man…was getting crowds of 20K young people to come see him. Rallies matter. Trump proved that. It shows something about what people want,” the political satirist observed. He will end this week’s edition of Friday’s Real Time chastising people who called Hillary ‘the lesser of two evils’ during the race.
“Now we have 100 days of empirical evidence of what a Trump presidency looks like. They should be ashamed of themselves,” he said.
When Tapper tried to get Maher to talk about the moment on his show which he called his guest, Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, “Pocahontas” as Trump loves to call her. Tapper asked Maher is the remark was an ethnic slur. “Technically yes,” Maher said. “Should we get that upset about it? Of course not!”
“This is one of the problems Democrats have,” Maher said. “They obsess about things like Halloween costumes and the name of the Washington Redskins.” Meanwhile, “there’s millions of people in this country saying, ‘How about a little more of “I’m going to get your job back”?'”
That is why voters “listened to a con man about that,” Maher added.



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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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