Bill Maher calls political correctness 'a cancer on progressivism'

Comedian Bill MaherWilliam (Bill) MaherButtigieg: If Trump refuses to leave White House, he can 'do chores' Bill Maher booed on HBO show after mocking liberals for calling Bloomberg racist Bill Maher warns 'woke-y' Democrats: 'Trump had his best week ever,' will be 'hard to beat' 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 passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump nods at reputation as germaphobe during coronavirus briefing: 'I try to bail out as much as possible' after sneezes 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 ClintonDNC warns campaigns about cybersecurity after attempted scam Biden looks to shore up lead in S.C. Stone judge under pressure over calls for new trial 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."