In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, host Bill Maher said that he thought Hillary Clinton was not a great candidate, and that he thought Bernie Sanders should run again.
In diagnosing the downfall of the Democrats in 2016, Maher advised that the party should stop obsessing over identity politics.
JAKE TAPPER: You said on your show that liberals need to stop trying to win over Trump voters with facts. So what should Democrats do to win over Trump voters?
BILL MAHER: Well, I was just going to say, a bit of it should ease up on the identity politics. They pulled off quite a neat trick in 2016. They made white people who are still the majority in this country feel like a minority or at least enough of them to swing the election. So, I think that’s important. Make sure you look like you represent everybody, including the majority.
Tapper replayed a clip of Maher interview Senator Elizabeth Warren, in which Maher jokingly referred to her as Pocahontas. Warren was visibly made uncomfortable.
TAPPER: You interviewed Senator Elizabeth Warren last week. I want to show our viewers a moment from that interview.
SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN: When you talk —
BILL MAHER: Well, his fans are not with you.
WARREN: Hold on.
MAHER: Come on.
WARREN: When we talk.
MAHER: They don’t like you, Pocahontas.[A visually unhappy Warren] [LAUGHTER]
TAPPER: That was a tense little moment there. What did you make of her reaction, and do you think when the president calls her that that it’s an ethnic slur?
MAHER: Technically yes. Should we get that upset about it? Of course not. This is, again, one of the problems that Democrats have. Is that they obsess about things like Halloween costumes and the name of the Washington Redskins and there’s millions of people in this country who are saying, ‘How about a little bit more of I’m going to get your job back?’
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