Liberal comedian Bill Maher is panicking after the first round of the Democratic presidential primary debates last week.
During a segment Friday night on his HBO show “Real Time,” Maher called on 10 of the Democratic presidential candidates to drop out in order to narrow the field.
“Look, there’s too many people in this race,” Maher told his panel on Friday night. “So we saw them last night and the night before. I’ll give you veto rights, but I’m going to get rid of 10 of them right now. Is that okay? And if you disagree, just say.”
Maher then held up photographs of the various candidates who he said had “no chance” to beat President Donald Trump and told them to “get the f**k out” of the race.
Here are the 10:
- Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper
- Sen.Michael Bennett of Colorado
- Former Rep. John Delaney of Maryland
- Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio
- Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York
- Rep. Eric Swalwell of California
- Author Marianne Williamson
- Entrepreneur Andrew Yang
- Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas
- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Maher went on to excoriate many of these 10 candidates while telling them to exit the race.
This guy, Hickenlooper. Nice guy. No, get out. Nice guy. Get the f**k out.
This is Michael Bennett. You know if you Google Michael Bennett, the first five that come up aren’t even this guy. Get the f**k out.
Oh, vice principal Delaney. Nice guy. Nothing here. Get out.
Tim Ryan. I think he said one good thing. No.
Kirsten Gillbrand. Al Franken says ‘Hello.’
Eric Swallwell. I like him. But you know, too young, it looked like he was wearing a toupe last night. Get the f**k out.
When it came to spiritual adviser Marianne Williamson, actor and author Max Brooks joked that her presence at the debate was a complete mistake.
“She was never supposed to be there,” said Brooks. “The crazy hippie lady. I heard there were too many Democrats, she snuck through security, she got herself on stage and Rachel Maddow was just too overwhelmed and didn’t notice.”
“She said a great thing about healthcare that I’m going to try to read after the show,” Maher mockingly said.
Maher said Yang was intelligent, but should not be in politics.
Perhaps in a move that surprised many, Maher then said Robert “Beto” O’Rourke needs to leave, which is quite remarkable given he became a liberal favorite last year when he challenged Sen. Ted Cruz for the U.S. Senate seat in Texas.
“Here, you can keep the picture. But he’s not looking good,” Maher said.
This is the second time this month where Maher has fretted over whether any Democratic candidate can actually beat Trump in 2020.
During his show two weeks ago, Maher said Oprah Winfrey is the only person who can defeat Trump and that none of the 25 Democratic candidates can get it done.
“The only person who is a sure thing is Oprah Winfrey,” Maher said.
There’s certainly a lot of truth to what Maher argued, especially given several election forecasters say Trump is the clear favorite to win.