Maher Presses Bernie Sanders: What’s The ‘Democratic Message’ That Could ‘Fit On a Hat?’

Bill Maher sat down with former (and possibly future) presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and confronted him about how the Democratic Party can face President Trump going forward.

Maher began by listing things that are part of the Democrats’ “agenda,” but told him that’s different than their “message.”

“Trump is better at messaging. His voters don’t seem to care about an agenda or anything except ‘Build a Wall’ and ‘Lock Her Up” Maher told Sanders. “What’s the Democrats’ message? If you had to boil it down to something that could fit on a hat, which is about all what people can take in at this point. What is the Democratic message?”

“The Democratic message is that we need a  government that represents working families and not billionaires,” Sanders responded. “An agenda that says healthcare is a right, not a privilege. An agenda that speaks to the young people and says that we should make public colleges and universities tuition free and lower student debt.”

Maher pushed back, saying that despite losing the popular vote, Trump “still got a lot of votes” and that his popularity rating keeps going up “almost in the range of like a normal president,” which he called “scary.”

“So they obviously don’t care about things they used to care about like decorum, or policy, or democracy, or Freedom of the Press,” Maher continued. “So in this new arena- and he is brilliant at controlling the debate and control airtime, what does a Democrat have to do to compete on this new stage? This is a new stage!”

Sanders said that’s a “fair point” and responded by saying that Democrats are often “overwhelmed” by Trump’s tweets and the “absurdity of the day” and what his party needs to do is to “go into Trump country” and talk to people who live “in desperation.”

Watch the clip above, via HBO.

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