Bill Maher, Michael Moore spar over Democrats' strategy for 2020
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Liberal comedian Bill MaherWilliam (Bill) MaherKlobuchar takes shots at health and education plans supported by Sanders and Warren Eric Trump: Hypocrisy creates unlevel playing field in politics Maher warns on impeachment: 'Country is going to be paralyzed' for 'a very long time' MORE and filmmaker Michael Moore on Friday night clashed over how to defeat President TrumpDonald John TrumpWHCA calls on Trump to denounce video depicting him shooting media outlets Video of fake Trump shooting members of media shown at his Miami resort: report Trump hits Fox News's Chris Wallace over Ukraine coverage MORE in the 2020 election.

During an appearance on Maher's HBO show, Moore argued in favor of liberal policies such as "Medicare for All" and bolstering "the Squad," a group of freshman progressive lawmakers, while Maher argued for a more centrist approach.

"You were ahead of the curve for so many years," Moore said on the show. "Why pull back now, Bill?"

“Because the country isn’t there,” Maher replied.


The host later said that Trump wants to make the Squad the face of the Democratic Party, adding, "I know one other person who wants to do that: you."

“People love them,” Moore said. “People of color love them. Women love them.”

Trump has repeatedly clashed with the group of freshman Democrats: Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezSanders wishes Ocasio-Cortez happy birthday Democrat launches primary challenge to Ocasio-Cortez Ocasio-Cortez fires back at Washington Times after story on her 'high-dollar hairdo' MORE (N.Y.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyPennsylvania candidate would be first autistic woman elected to a state legislature Pressley joins hundreds of activists calling for Kavanaugh impeachment: 'I believe in the power of us' The 13 House Democrats who back Kavanaugh's impeachment MORE (Mass.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarNew California law bans school lunch debt shaming The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by USAA — Ex-Ukraine ambassador testifies Trump pushed for her ouster The Hill's Morning Report — Arrest of Giuliani associates triggers many questions MORE (Minn.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibTrump labels Tlaib 'a despicable human being' Tlaib says Democrats have discussed detaining White House officials who don't testify The 13 House Democrats who back Kavanaugh's impeachment MORE (Mich.).

While the congresswomen are all outspoken critics of Trump and his administration, Maher questioned the lawmakers' approval ratings in the general electorate.

"They’re not beloved, these people, because they don't believe in things a lot of people believe in," the comedian said.

Maher also called former President Obama a "centrist," noting he was the last Democrat to win a presidential election.

Moore pushed back, saying that Obama governed as a centrist but ran as a populist. 

"On the ballot, it said Barack Hussein Obama," Moore said. "If you're playing it safe, you don't put f---ing Hussein on the ballot."

Polling has shown that electability and the ability to defeat Trump are top issues concerning Democratic primary voters as 20 Democrats compete for the party's 2020 nomination.