Bill Maher to Democrats: ‘Ease Up on the Identity Politics’


HBO’s Bill Maher believes that a major reason for Hillary Clinton‘s loss was that the Democratic party engaged in identity politics.

Speaking with Jake Tapper Tuesday on The Lead, the Real Time host called on the party to “represent everybody, including the majority,” who Maher believes felt alienated during the campaign.

“Ease up on the identity politics,” Maher said. “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 then asked Maher about Senator Elizabeth Warren’s appearance on his program last week. During the interview, Maher jokingly referred to Warren as “Pocahontas,” a reference to the derogatory name she’s frequently called by President Donald Trump.

Tapper asked Maher if he believes that when Trump uses the term if it is an ethnic slur.

“Technically, yes. Should we get that upset about it? Of course not,” Maher said. “This is, again, one of the problems the Democrats have. 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 jobs back?’ That’s why they listened to a con man about that.”

Watch above, via CNN.

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