Maher To Democrats: "Ease Up On The Identity Politics," Obsessing Over 'Pocahontas' A Problem


Bill Maher said the obsession Democrats have about Halloween costumes, the name Washington Redskins and Elizabeth Warren being called 'Pocahontas' is part of the problem. In an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper, Maher acknowledged the term Pocahontas is derogatory but said Democrats needs to worry less about that and focus more on "I'm going to get your job back."

From Tuesday's broadcast of CNN's The Lead with Jake Tapper:

JAKE TAPPER: You said on your show that liberals need to stop trying to win over Trump voters with facts. So what should Democrats do to win over Trump voters?

BILL MAHER: Well, I was just going to say, a bit of it should ease up on the identity politics. They pulled off quite a neat trick in 2016. They made white people who are still the majority in this country feel like a minority or at least enough of them to swing the election. So, I think that's important. Make sure you look like you represent everybody, including the majority.

Tapper asks Maher about the uncomfortable response Warren gave when he brought up Trump's nickname for her, Pocahontas:

TAPPER: You interviewed Senator Elizabeth Warren last week. I want to show our viewers a moment from that interview.

SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN: When you talk --

BILL MAHER: Well, his fans are not with you.

WARREN: Hold on.

MAHER: Come on.

WARREN: When we talk.

MAHER: They don't like you, Pocahontas.

[A visually unhappy Warren]


TAPPER: That was a tense little moment there. What did you make of her reaction, and do you think when the president calls her that that it's an ethnic slur?

MAHER: Technically yes. Should we get that upset about it? Of course not. This is, again, one of the problems that Democrats have. Is that they obsess about things like Halloween costumes and the name of the Washington Redskins and there's millions of people in this country who are saying, 'How about a little bit more of I'm going to get your job back?'

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