Maher mocks 2020 Democrats, implores Oprah to run: She is only 'sure-thing winner'

HBO's Bill MaherWilliam (Bill) MaherJuan Williams: Clyburn is my choice as politician of the year Bill Maher, Trump adviser Jenna Ellis spar over election results Carville predicts Biden will quickly be declared winner: 'Not going to be close' MORE implored Oprah WinfreyOprah Gail Winfrey2020's top political celebrity moments Michelle Obama named most admired woman for third straight year: poll Oprah sells most of her stake in OWN channel to Discovery MORE to run against President TrumpDonald TrumpEx-Trump lawyer Cohen to pen forward for impeachment book Murkowski says it would be 'appropriate' to bar Trump from holding office again Man known as 'QAnon Shaman' asks Trump for pardon after storming Capitol MORE in 2020 while expressing doubts about the current crop of 24 candidates on the Democratic side, arguing she is the only "sure-thing winner" for the opposition party. 

"I am telling you that at this particular moment in history, in this particular election year, she is the only candidate who is a sure-thing winner for the Democrats," Maher said Friday during his show "Real Time." 

"No pressure," the host added. 

Maher also noted the power of candidates who are stars in modern politics. 

"Never underestimate the power of being in people's living rooms for decades. That's what got Trump elected," Maher said. "This is now an as-seen-on-TV country." 

"There really is no underestimating the power of celebrity in modern American politics," he later explained. "It’s not the way it’s supposed to be be, it's not the way I’d like it to be, but we officially live in a post-literate, post-truth, star-f---er society, and this is going to be the dirtiest campaign ever."

Maher, 65, went on to laud Winfrey as the only Democrat who could pull male voters from Trump's staunchly loyal base. 

"If he’s fed up with Trump, I know he would vote for Oprah. Because he knows that if he doesn’t, his wife will never blow him again."

Maher also blasted embattled 2020 front-runner Joe BidenJoe BidenConfirmation hearing for Biden's DNI pick postponed Biden's Sunday inauguration rehearsal postponed due to security concerns: report Murkowski says it would be 'appropriate' to bar Trump from holding office again MORE, comparing him to a typewriter while teeing off on other top-tier candidates. 

"Young people look at him like a typewriter's running for president," Maher joked about the former vice president.


He also referred to Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenPorter loses seat on House panel overseeing financial sector OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Nine, including former Michigan governor, charged over Flint water crisis | Regulator finalizes rule forcing banks to serve oil, gun companies | Trump admin adds hurdle to increase efficiency standards for furnaces, water heaters DeVos mulled unilateral student loan forgiveness as COVID-19 wracked economy: memo MORE (D-Mass.) as "a three-syllable woman in a one-syllable country," he added.

As for Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden to seek minimum wage in COVID-19 proposal Former Sanders spokesperson: Progressives 'shouldn't lose sight' of struggling Americans during pandemic 'I saw my life flash before my eyes': An oral history of the Capitol attack MORE, Maher described him as "an American hero in my book, but he's another one who has his cardiologist on speed dial."

Maher also evaluated South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegAgency official says Capitol riot hit close to home for former Transportation secretary Chao Transportation Secretary Chao resigns in protest Buttigieg is blazing trails for LGBTQ equality MORE's chances.

"We must ask the question 'Is America ready to be led by a gay teenager?'" he joked.

"This is not an open letter to Oprah. I know she isn't running," Maher concluded at the end of his closing monologue.


"I'm just saying: I have Nate Silvered the shit out of this, and I am telling you that at this particular moment in history, in this particular election year, she is the only candidate who is a sure-thing winner for the Democrats. No pressure. I am just putting it out into the universe."

Silver is a statistician and the founder of FiveThirtyEight, which conducts deep data dives on everything from elections to baseball.

Maher, who celebrated his 500th "Real Time" episode Friday night, donated $1 million to former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaBiden's chief aide says president wants teams, no rivals Where is the campus debate on immigration? Gerald Ford Foundation urges 'dignified' presidential transition MORE's 2012 reelection campaign.