Bill Maher shares his takeaways from the 2016 election and delivers advice to the Democratic party Friday night on the season finale of his HBO program Real Time. Maher zeroed in on political correctness, discarding white people problems as "mansplaining," and the inability for Democrats to acknowledge Islamic terrorism for what it is.
"They made the white working man feel like you're problems aren't real because you're 'mansplaining' and check your privilege," Maher said Friday. "You know, if your life sucks, your problems are real. What should I do? Cut my dick off and check my privilege?"
"Don't be mean to Muslims instead of how can we solve the problem of shit blowing up in America," is not a good political policy, Maher said.
Guest panelist Ana Marie Cox of MTV News accused Maher of wanting to cater to "white men" by calling Islamic terrorist attacks for what they are.
"The problem with American politics is we don't cater enough to white men?" a bothered Ana Marie Cox asked the host.
"No, I didn't say that," he responded.
"You did, actually. You literally did. You literally did, actually!" Cox said back.
"Democrats have become to a lot of Americans a boutique party of fake outrage and social engineering and they're not entirely wrong about that," Maher said.
Later, guest David Axelrod defended his former boss from Clinton's loss, noting he is the only candidate since Eisenhower to win two terms with 51% of the vote or more. Axelrod also said Clinton lost an important county that Obama won twice.
"Barack Obama won two elections," Axelrod began. "He's the only president since Eisenhower to win two elections by 51% or more and he carried a lot of counties that she lost yesterday. She lost 90% of counties where people have a median income of $50,000. So, it's not all about culture. A lot of it has to do with economics."
"The fact is when Donald Trump said to these folks the game is rigged against you, I think a lot of folks feel that way because the economy has changed in ways conspire against a lot of people in this country and we haven't given them a good answer," Axelrod said.
BILL MAHER: The Democratic party -- back me up on this guys (looks to panel) -- sort of lost of lost the white working man, that's what they used to have. And they made the white working man feel like you're problems aren't real because you're 'mansplaining' and check your privilege. You know, if your life sucks, your problems are real. What should I do? Cut my dick off and check my privilege?
ANA MARIE COX: So, do you really think that's like liberals' fault? You know there's like that saying to --
BILL MAHER: Yeah, I do.
-- a white person equality feels like oppression.
BILL MAHER: If there's a silver lining from this, me personally, it's the two issues that I have been on the case of liberals for, and they've been booing me about this for years, and maybe they'll listen. One is political correctness. I think I did a show about that for nine years (ABC's Politically Incorrect).
You're outrageous with your politically correct bullshit and it does drive people away. And Islam. You know? Islam.
Democrats, there is a terrorist attack and Democrats reaction is: don't be mean to Muslims instead of how can we solve the problem of shit blowing up in America. And, you know, that's note a good way to get votes.
ANA MARIE COX: The problem with American politics, let's get this straight. The problem with American politics is we don't cater enough to white men?
BILL MAHER: No, I didn't say that.
ANA MARIE COX: You did, actually. You literally did. You literally did, actually!
BILL MAHER: No, no.
TRAE CROWDER, "THE LIBERAL HILLBILLY": You're right, I think. You're 100% right about that. But do you want to be right or do you want to fucking win?
(Ana Marie Cox drops head)
LIBERAL HILLBILLY: They won. You have to stop ignoring these people. You have to understand them and speak to them.
BILL MAHER: Democrats have become to a lot of Americans a boutique party of fake outrage and social engineering and they're not entirely wrong about that.