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Comedian Bill Maher expressed his lack of “comfort” over the slim lead that Joe Biden is reportedly holding over President Donald Trump.
The host of the HBO political talk show “Real Time with Bill Maher” spoke with former 2020 Democratic presidential candidates Andrew Yang and Pete Buttigieg about the current presidential race and his concern that the presumptive Democratic nominee is not “comfortably ahead” of Trump this close to Election Day.
“Biden’s ahead, but he’s not, to my view, comfortably ahead. Not for my comfort,” Maher told his panel guests. “I mean, Hillary was ahead by more at some point. And I just got to ask: What is your party doing against this walking disaster [Trump] that you can’t close the gap better than that?”
Buttigieg contended that “it’s never just about policy” as he responded to Maher’s challenge.
“The policies of this administration were a disaster, the leadership of this administration is a disaster, we know that,” the former South Bend, Indiana mayor said.
“But still, I think there are a lot of folks who heard a message, fraudulent though it was, a message that here’s somebody who sees you and cares about you. Now’s our chance to change that. And I think Joe Biden is really focused on making sure that we reach out,” Buttigieg added.
He also cautioned that, with mail-in voting, results from the November election could take “days” to be completed, urging Democrats to stay “motivated” through the process.
Maher proposed the idea that perhaps the Democratic Party was “too captured by its far-left fringe.”
“I wouldn’t say that, Bill,” Yang interjected, offering a different issue facing Democrats.
“When I was campaigning around the country, I said, ‘I’m running for president,’ and someone would say, ‘What party?’ and I’d say, ‘Democrat,’ and you could see this negative reaction oftentimes,” Yang said.
“And this is from truck drivers or waitresses or retail clerks that I thought the Democratic Party was fighting for. And the fact that our message is not reaching certain Americans. I think the Democrats need to do some soul-searching and say, ‘Why is it, why is it that so many people think the Democratic Party isn’t speaking to them, isn’t fighting for them, is patronizing them?” he added.
Earlier in the segment, Maher had expressed his frustration with the upcoming presidential and vice-presidential debates.
“It’s just a terrible way to do it, isn’t it? I mean, it doesn’t really advance anyone’s knowledge of anything except who can come up with zingers and put downs. And whoever is the winner is not the winner on substance, ” he said. “I just think we’ve got to find a different way to do it and I really am not looking forward to these debates.”
He backed up the contention that the “debates are really a bunch of bull–it” by pointing out the performance by Sen. Kamala Harris, Biden’s newly named running mate.
“Her big debate moment was saying a bunch of stuff that was ‘good television’ about the guy who she’s now running on the ticket with, which is all forgotten because, again, it was all just theater and nobody really cared,” Maher said.
The 64-year-old comedian recently fired back at Trump who had tweeted about him looking “terrible, exhausted, gaunt, and weak.”
“If there was ever a good reason for no shutdown, check out this jerk. He never had much going for him, but whatever he did have is missing in action!” Trump tweeted this week, saying he had watched Maher’s show for the first time in a while.
“Really? This is what the president of the United States does with his time?” Maher tweeted in response.
Really? This is what the president of the United States does with his time? https://t.co/owPEVeeUzj
— Bill Maher (@billmaher) August 12, 2020
But the comedian did give the president credit on one issue on his show this week.
“Trump did a good thing,” he told Yang and Buttigieg, referring to the peace deal the president brokered between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) earlier in the week.
“This is, to quote Joe Biden, a big f—in’ deal,'” Maher said.
“Or maybe it isn’t,” he continued, turning to the panel. “I’ll ask you: Do you think this is a big deal?”
“Anything that adds peace or stability to the region, we shouldn’t be afraid to say that’s good news,” Buttigieg replied.
“When something good happens, you have to call it out because you can’t get into this trap or this mode where everything that Trump does is automatically bad,” Yang responded.
“You know, Democrats need to have a clear vision for what we want to see in the world and anything that moves that vision closer to reality, that we should applaud — regardless of who’s in power when it happens,” he added.
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