Bill Maher shared his thoughts on how the presidential election will turn out
Almost every poll out there points to former Vice President Joe Biden defeating President Donald Trump in the upcoming election. There is a wave of confidence among many voters that the same mistakes from 2016 won’t be made in 2020. Not so fast, says Bill Maher.
In states where President Trump did well in 2016, he’s trailing Vice President Biden or polls are closer than expected. The economy, pandemic, and social unrest hitting the country all suggest that a change is necessary and is coming in November.
Maher has been leading that call for change. The Real Time host has not been shy about calling out President Trump and the Republican Party. But as badly as he wants that to happen, Maher isn’t confident it’s guaranteed to happen.
Appearing on MSNBC’s The ReidOut with host Joy Reid, Maher was asked for his reaction to the Republican National Convention and Vice President Biden’s campaign. Speaking about Vice President Biden suggesting that all Black voters cast their ballots the same way, Maher had this to say:
People do have their own minds. I’ve never been a fan of conformity. I have never been a fan of, ‘We all wear pink on Wednesday,’ we all have to do this, we all have to say this. We all have to do this, then. I don’t bend the knee, and I get that people are pushing back at that kind of stuff. So, look, I feel very nervous, the same way I did four years ago at this time.
Maher doesn’t want to be told what to think or how to vote. But he’s made his opinions on the matter very clear. If his argument is that voters will go against Vice President Biden just to be nonconformist, it’s a hard one to buy. The stakes are too high and going against the grain in 2016 is what resulted in President Donald Trump.
It’s a similar philosophy that Maher has wanted applied to the media. He’s called out news outlets for telling viewers how they should feel rather than just reporting on what happened and letting individuals decide how they feel. That argument feels much more at home in a discussion about mass media than it does when discussing how people will vote. Ulimtaely, many will decide based on who or what is in their best interest, not to be contrarian.
Bill Maher has issued warnings about the 2020 election before
In his segment on the media telling people how to feel, Bill Maher argued it would get President Donald Trump reelected. Speaking about the pandemic, Maher warned back in April that a “doom and gloom” coverage from the media would allow President Trump to push a more optimistic message and claim “fake news” against exaggerated headlines.
This came on the heels of Maher claiming that President Trump wouldn’t leave the White House if he lost the election. The president has already started to raise questions about the legitimacy of mail-in voting and laid the groundwork to challenge an unfavorable election result.
Now Maher is warning that complacency and telling others how to think is the latest red flag. Maher doesn’t want a repeat of 2016 but the comedian has always called it like he sees it. And the Real Time host is nervous about what he sees with less than 60 days until the election.
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