Bill Maher: Buttigieg a 'little too young' to be president

Comedian and commentator Bill MaherWilliam (Bill) MaherCarville repeats prediction that Trump will drop out of race Juan Williams: Time for boldness from Biden Maher presses Bolton for not backing Biden: How could he 'be worse' than Trump? MORE on Tuesday said South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBiden campaign hires top cybersecurity officials to defend against threats Biden strikes populist tone in blistering rebuke of Trump, Wall Street Buttigieg's new book, 'Trust,' slated for October release MORE (D) "is a little too young" to be president while pushing back against criticism of former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDonald Trump Jr. to self-publish book 'Liberal Privilege' before GOP convention Tom Price: Here's how we can obtain more affordable care The Memo: Democrats feel rising tide in Florida MORE

“This is the only country that I can think of in history who doesn’t seem to get something very fundamental, which is that in general people older are wiser," Maher, who hosts HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” said on CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time." "That’s the tradeoff of life. Of course there are exceptions. There are dumb old people and smart young people. But in general, yes, I’m OK with someone who has learned and grown and seen a lot and has experienced it and has seen patterns."

"I like Mayor Pete, but I do think 37 is a little too young," Maher said. "A little bit.”


The comments from Maher came as he and CNN host Chris CuomoChristopher (Chris) Charles CuomoSt. Louis couple who pointed guns at protesters have a history of suing neighbors Trump dings CNN, 'Morning Joe' ratings as Tucker Carlson sets record CNN's Chris Cuomo lauds brother in panned interview: 'You're both awful' MORE talked about Biden's record as a public servant and the criticism he's received for some of the past positions he's taken. Maher acknowledged that Biden was "rotten" to Anita HillAnita Faye HillOur consciousness-changing moment — and a reckoning for 1972? Trump sets up for bruising campaign against Biden Clarence Thomas breaks his silence in theaters nationwide MORE while leading congressional hearings on her sexual harassment accusation against then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence ThomasClarence ThomasThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Justices rule Manhattan prosecutor, but not Congress, can have Trump tax records OVERNIGHT ENERGY: WH pushed for 'correction' to Weather Service tweet contradicting Trump in 'Sharpiegate' incident, watchdog says | Supreme Court rules that large swath of Oklahoma belongs to Native American tribe Clarence Thomas's wife criticized her town's 'Black Lives Matter' banner: report MORE

"But what, is he going to keep apologizing for it until the end of time?" Maher said, later adding that the Democratic Party should maybe consider a candidate who has "learned and moved on."

Buttigieg, the youngest of the 24 Democrats seeking the party's 2020 presidential nomination, has consistently dismissed questions about his age, pointing out that he has more executive government experience than the current president and vice president. The former Rhodes scholar has also highlighted his military experience, saying in a March CNN Town Hall that he has "more military experience than anybody to walk into that office on day one since George H.W. Bush."

“I get I’m the young guy in the conversation, but experience is what qualifies me to have a seat at this table.”