Bill Maher had a blunt message for Democrats on their “terrible” decision to bar Fox News from hosting a 2020 primary debate.
The “Real Time” host slammed the Democratic Party on his HBO show Friday, aiming his “New Rule” segment at the cowardly decision announced by the Democratic National Committee as he urged them to “grow a pair.”
“Last week, the Democrats made a terrible decision when they announced that they had turned down Fox News’ offer to host one of their 2020 primary debates, saying Fox was nothing more than propaganda,” Maher explained.
“OK, so why not go on Fox News and tell them that! You want to be in the big leagues but you refuse to ever play an away game? You don’t like the questions that Fox News might ask, so you’re deciding to not take any questions at all?” Maher asked. “How very Trump of you!”
DNC chair Tom Perez announced the decision on the debates, pointing to “the inappropriate relationship between President [Donald] Trump, his administration and Fox News,” citing a story in The New Yorker alleging close ties between the president and several Fox News hosts.
“Recent reporting in the New Yorker…has led me to conclude that the network is not in a position to host a fair and neutral debate for our candidates,” Perez said. “Therefore, Fox News will not serve as a media partner for the 2020 Democratic primary debates.”
Maher blasted the party for “running from a fight” which is something his GOP guests have never done.
“This is a fundamental problem with the Democratic Party: they look weak, running from a fight when they should be throwing punches,” he said.
“Republicans never shy away from coming on this show, and they come with a smile on their face despite knowing that the only people in the crowd cheering them on are the three campaign aides they brought with them,” he remarked.
Maher admonished Democrats to get out of their “echo chamber” and be more on the offense.
“You call yourselves The Resistance? Then fight behind enemy lines—that’s what a resistance does. That’s the difference between blowing up a tank and tweeting about it,” he exclaimed. “Get out of your echo chamber and infiltrate theirs.”
Other Democrats had also condemned the DNC decision, as even former President Obama’s deputy chief of staff found the move just plain “silly.”
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CNN’s Brian Stelter delivered a hypocritical spin on why the choice was right, slamming the network where “every night in prime time, Democrats are dehumanized.”
Fox News Channel had responded to the DNC decision with a request to reconsider, with Fox News Senior Vice President and Managing Editor Bill Sammon noting the benefit of having Democratic candidates appear on the network as a way to reach certain voters. President Trump also slammed the DNC and threatened to do the same with the “Fake News Networks.”