Bill Maher admits he feels “owned” by President Trump and his supporters.
The HBO “Real Time” host told his audience Friday that the main mission of the president and Republicans is “owning the libs,” and admitted they had succeeded.
“I remember after the midterms, there was a lot of euphoria,” Maher told his panel, referring to the excitement Democrats felt after they retook the House in the 2018 midterm elections, as they would supposedly now have “subpoena power” in the new Congress.
“Apparently not,” Maher declared as he opened up a discussion with his guests about Attorney General William Barr who refused to appear at a scheduled House Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday.
“It’s all about ‘owning the libs,'” he explained. “You know, that’s what they are out for, ‘owning the libs.'”
“And I’ll tell you something – I feel owned now. You have succeeded,”Maher announced. “This week, when [Barr] said, ‘You know what, I’m subpoenaed before Congress? F— you, I’m not showing up.’ You’re right. And we can’t do anything about it. I am owned.”
New York Times columnist Bret Stephens noted that the president is “doing what he does best which is baiting liberals.”
“He’s doing it very successfully,” he added, noting that the right response is not dramatic hand-wringing but giving him a “seal-clap just like Nancy Pelosi.”
“What really matters is how are you going to defeat him, how are you going to humiliate him, how are you going to belittle him and how are you going to put him in his place so he is defeatable next November?” Stephens asked.
Former South Carolina state legislator, Bakari Sellers, argued that “we are in a constitutional crisis and this is on the level of Watergate,” calling Barr a “liar.”
When Maher noted the 21 Democrats now in the running for the party’s 2020 presidential nomination, his guests corrected him to say there may soon be 22 candidates as New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is reportedly planning announce he will be joining the race next week.
“Oh, for f— sake,” Maher responded. “It’s not even a horse race. It’s the running of the bulls at this point.”
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He mocked Colorado Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet who declared his candidacy this week.
“What’s his slogan, ‘Google me’?” Maher asked.
“My point is, all you 22 people who are running, you’re asking what can you do to get my vote? Make me not feel owned,” Maher said. “Who’s going to make me feel, ‘Oh, I’m not going to be owned in two years.'”
Sellers argued that the job of Democrats going into the 2020 election cycle is to give people ” a reason to show up and vote for us.”
Stephens agreed, but added that Democrats need to get a candidate who is “larger than” Trump, to which Maher suggested Oprah Winfrey as a viable rival.
“She doesn’t scare a lot of people who otherwise would be scared, she’s much more popular than Hillary [Clinton], she could certainly get the African-American vote to come out,” Maher said as one of his panelists reminded him the television mega-star is no t running.
“But I’m just telling you, she could win,” he replied.
Watch the relevant portion, beginning at the 14;30 mark, in this HBO’s “Real Time” video posted on YouTube by Stephen Colbert.
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