Maher Goes After 'Mental' Progressive Dems, And Party's Silent Consensus Bill Maher attends the Los Angeles Premiere in 2017. (Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Electric Entertainment)
By Fran Beyer | Sunday, 30 January 2022 08:54 AM
"Real Time" host Bill Maher is taking on Democrats for pushing too many regulations and abandoning traditional values.
In a tweet of his monologue on Friday, Maher blasted a “small contingent” of Democrats who’ve “gone mental” and a majority of the party “who refuse to call them out.”
He kicked off the argument by highlighting Fox News' Dana Perino’s query suggesting Democrats recruit the HBO star to run for president for his refusal to alienate those who support former President Donald Trump.
"Now, some people think this means I've changed,” Maher said. “I assure you, I have not. I am still the same unmarried, childless, pot-smoking libertine I always was.”
"Let's get this straight,” he said. “It's not me who's changed, it's the left who is now made up of a small contingent who've gone mental and a large contingent who refuse to call them out for it, but I will."
"That's why I'm a hero at Fox these days, which shows just how much liberals have their head up their a** because if they really thought about it, they would have made me a hero on their media," Maher argued.
"But that can't happen in this ridiculous new era of mind-numbing partisanship, where if I keep it real about the nonsense in the Democratic Party, it makes me an instant hero to Republicans."
“The same thing happened to” Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., when she criticized her fellow Republicans.
"What a sad commentary on our politics. Where simply acknowledging reality is now seen as a 'Profile in Courage,'" Maher said. "People sometimes say to me, ‘You know, you didn’t use to make fun of the left as much.' Yeah, because they didn't give me so much to work with. The oath of office I took was to comedy. And if you do goofy s—, wherever you are in the spectrum, I'm going to make fun of you because that's where the gold is. And the fact that they are laughing at it should tell you something. It rings true."
Maher honed in on ridiculous issues taken on by the left, using the example of how San Francisco has become "a shoplifter's paradise," and how progressive Democrats are urging canceling rents and mortgage, that there be "no more policing, incarceration" and declaring "capitalism is slavery."
“It's not may fault that the party of FDR and JFK is turning into the party of LOL and WTF," Maher scolded.
"Canceling Lincoln and Dr. Seuss, teaching children they're oppressors and math is racist, making Mr. Potato Head gender neutral and now an emoji for pregnant men… California just passed a law requiring large retailers to have a non-gendered toy section… We need a law for that? Do you have to inject yourselves into everything?"
"This is why so many people, by the way, were triggered by COVID policies,” he added. “They were already sick of rules," Maher said.
"Regulation should be a good issue for Democrats,” he said. “It's certainly one they're associated with. And I think the average voter would agree that banks, chemical plants and drug companies need watching… but Democrats have become a parody of themselves just making rules to make rules because it makes you feel like you're a better person. Making sure that everything bad never happens again, which you can never fully do. It just makes everyone else's life a drag."
Maher also derided a social spending bill championed by President Joe Biden that requires all new cars to install an alert system that goes off if a baby is left in the backseat — something he insisted is done "only by crackheads" and people who "do it on purpose."
"And after every one of us winds up bearing the cost for cars to install this alarm, you know who's going to ignore it? Crackheads are the people who do it on purpose," Maher said.
“Democrats no longer possess the common sense to understand that not every problem in the world can be fixed with a regulation,” he declared. “But don't tell that to the advocacy groups who also want every future car in America to only start when the driver blows into a breathalyzer… it's also not safe to drive when you're crying. Should we make a car that follows your texts and stops the engine when you're dumped?"
"Democrats have to stop thinking that what the voters dream about is to be hassled," Maher said.