Comedian Bill Maher reprimanded Democrats for losing the election and made fun of Hillary Clinton’s lack of popularity. He made the remarks during an interview with Jake Tapper on CNN on Tuesday.
According to Maher, the Democratic Party leadership failed to “go where the energy is in the party. Hillary is a lovely lady, but she couldn’t fill the function room at the Olive Garden, and there was a 74-year-old man who was getting crowds of 20,000 young people to come see him.”
“Rallies matter,” he said. “Trump proved that. It shows something about what people want.”
“Uh, she was not a great candidate.” he added. “I think she acknowledges that herself. Having said that, what I’m going to talk about at the end of my show on Friday night is the fact that those people who said, ‘well, she was the lesser of two evils’ and, ‘a pox on both their houses,’ now we have a hundred days of empirical evidence what a Trump presidency looks like.”
“They should be ashamed of themselves, and for the future, we should note this,” he concluded. “That you were wrong about Hillary just being the lesser of two evils. That’s the first step to winning another election for the Democrats.”
In a recent interview regarding the failures of her campaign, Clinton took “absolute personal responsibility.” However, she said that Wikileaks, FBI Director Comey, the media, and misogyny were also to blame. This provoked mockery, including that of tapper at the start of his CNN show.
Tapper also asked Maher if he agreed with Clinton’s excuses regarding her electoral loss. “I don’t think she’s wrong. I don’t know why she needs to be coming back,” he explained. “She had her turn, and it didn’t work out.”
“Having said that, she’s right, about the letter,” he said, referring to the letter from FBI Director Comey about investigating Clinton. “I don’t understand why Director Comey didn’t release both. You know he seemed to be in a tough place, I get it. He had to say something, he thought, eleven days before the election. Why not say that, and also mention the stuff about Russia with Donald Trump. That seemed to be, to me, the fair way to handle it.”