Bill Maher rips ‘Bernie Bros,’ Rachel Maddow on Real Time


Bill Maher tackles”liberal purity” during a special edition of Real Time.

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Bill Maher often criticizes conservatives on his HBO late-night series Real Time, but has shown time and time again that he isn’t afraid to go after his fellow liberals over issues such as political correctness. The comedian did just that on Wednesday when he criticized MSNBC host Rachel Maddow’s shocked reaction to Bill Clinton’s speech at the DNC, and also went after the Bernie or Bust crowd, who vocally protested the nomination of Hillary Clinton because she isn’t liberal enough.

“What did you think about the fact that the Bernie Bros were shouting and yelling and booing?” Maher asked his panel, comprised of former New York Rep. Anthony Weiner, comedian DL Hughley and National Review editor Charles Cooke. “I mean, yelling Goldman Sachs at Elizabeth Warren? This disease on the left of purity gotcha, that going after your friends who are a little bit different than you — it’s just insane.”

Weiner took particular issue with what he labeled as “young white guys who braid their underarm hair” heckling iconic African-American legislators like John Lewis and Elijah Cummings, while Hughley described them as “petulant children.”

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“You can not be pure enough for some people. Unless you’re complaining, you don’t exist,” Maher continued.

He then went on to slam comments made by Maddow where she criticized part of President Clinton’s speech, which Maher admitted brought him to tears, for his use of the phrase “the girl” when discussing his first encounter with Hillary in 1971. She also expressed that it wasn’t feminist, but in fact “shocking and weird” as well as “controversial” to frame the beginning of her political career around their marriage.

“Are you f*cking kidding me? Bill Clinton’s going to get a blowjob from Hillary for the first time in years from that speech!” Maher countered.

Cooke agreed with the host’s assessment, calling the criticism an example of the “general problem with political correctness” where “people scan words on a page and they look for particular phrases and they say that was offensive,” adding that President Obama referred to Michelle as “kid” in his speech.

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Maher didn’t let up on his frustration with the Bernie or Bust crowd, joking in his “New Rules” segment on Thursday’s episode covering the final night of the DNC that Sanders supporters can’t claim to be silenced when they “won’t shut the hell up.”

He joins fellow late-night host Seth Meyers, as well as frequent Real Time guest Sarah Silverman, in condemning the movement. Meyers devoted an entire Late Night segment to telling the staunch Sanders supporters to “be quiet,” while Silverman called the group “ridiculous” while onstage at the Democratic convention.

Interestingly, Sanders will be a guest on Friday’s Real Time for the 12th time. Though he has thrown his full support behind Clinton, it remains to be seen whether the majority of his fans will do the same come November.

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Real Time with Bill Maher airs Friday at 10 p.m. on HBO. Besides Sanders, this week’s episode will also feature former Rep. Barney Frank, Reason editor-in-chief Matt Welch, Dr. Cornel West and The Atlantic senior editor Alex Wagner, formerly of MSNBC.