Bill Maher calls political correctness 'a cancer on progressivism'

Comedian Bill MaherWilliam (Bill) MaherMedia and candidates should be ashamed that they don't talk about obesity Bill Maher, Michael Moore spar over Democrats' strategy for 2020 The Hill's Morning Report — Biden steadies in third debate as top tier remains the same MORE took aim at left-wing Democrats on Monday night, slamming them for political correctness that he called a “cancer on progressivism.”

While often taking Democrats’ side as a vocal critic of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump conversation with foreign leader part of complaint that led to standoff between intel chief, Congress: report Pelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Trump to withdraw FEMA chief nominee: report MORE, Maher, who hosts HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” said in an appearance on CNN that Democrats “don’t help themselves a lot.”

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The longtime political commentator pointed to backers of Trump who regularly cite that they like his lack of political correctness.

“The vast majority of liberals in this country hate it,” Maher said of political correctness. “They think political correctness has gone way too far. No one likes to be living on egg shells.”

Maher said that he goes after Democrats because they “need some tough love, and I’m not going to stop.”

He pointed to the news surrounding the 2016 election and the focus on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonQueer Marine veteran launches House bid after incumbent California Rep. Susan Davis announces retirement Poll: Trump neck and neck with top 2020 Democrats in Florida Former immigration judge fined, temporarily banned from federal service for promoting Clinton policies MORE's email scandal, saying that he believes the coverages affected the election.

“They have some things to answer for,” Maher said. “I think this far-left political correctness is a cancer on progressivism.”

 

“When you talk to Trump supporters, they’re not blind to his myriad flaws, but one thing they always say he’s not politically correct. I don’t think you can overestimate how much people have been choking on political correctness and hate it,” Maher continued.

Former NBC and Fox News host Megyn Kelly on Tuesday responded to Maher’s remarks, tweeting that despite criticizing Maher “many times,” he’s “dead right about the pc police & their fake self-righteousness.”

 

Maher told CNN that he doesn’t “have a lot of faith” in the media ahead of the 2020 elections.

"We don't live in the era of news division as loss-leaders like we used to," Maher explained. "The news division didn't use to have to make a profit. Then, that changed ... and in that atmosphere, they're going to be looking for eyeballs. That's going to be the most important thing, it's getting people to click, getting people to watch."