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

HBO's Bill MaherWilliam (Bill) MaherMaher chides Democrats: We 'suck the fun out of everything' Maher on Biden's trillion plans: 'Thank God we got Mexico to pay for that wall' Hannity to interview Caitlyn Jenner following gubernatorial announcement MORE implored Oprah WinfreyOprah Gail WinfreyPrince Harry, Oprah Winfrey to debut special on mental health on Apple TV Oprah interview with Meghan, Prince Harry grew subscriptions for Paramount+ Meghan announces children's book inspired by Prince Harry and Archie MORE to run against President TrumpDonald TrumpCaitlyn Jenner says election was not 'stolen,' calls Biden 'our president' Overnight Health Care: FDA authorizes Pfizer vaccine for adolescents | Biden administration reverses limits on LGBTQ health protections Overnight Defense: US fires 30 warning shots at Iranian boats | Kabul attack heightens fears of Afghan women's fates | Democratic Party leaders push Biden on rejoining Iran deal 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 BidenCaitlyn Jenner says election was not 'stolen,' calls Biden 'our president' Manchin, Biden huddle amid talk of breaking up T package Overnight Energy: 5 takeaways from the Colonial Pipeline attack | Colonial aims to 'substantially' restore pipeline operations by end of week | Three questions about Biden's conservation goals 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 WarrenThe Memo: Outrage rises among liberals over Israel The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Infrastructure, Cheney ouster on deck as Congress returns Warren says she'll run for reelection to Senate MORE (D-Mass.) as "a three-syllable woman in a one-syllable country," he added.

As for Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Memo: Outrage rises among liberals over Israel On The Money: Biden says workers can't turn down job and get benefits | Treasury launches state and local aid | Businesses jump into vax push Symone Sanders 'hurt' at being passed over for press secretary: report 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 Buttigieg'Funky Academic:' Public has been 'groomed to measure progress by firsts' Biden administration in talks with LA Mayor Eric Garcetti for India ambassador post: reports Business groups target moderate Democrats on Biden tax plans 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 ObamaYoung, diverse voters fueled Biden victory over Trump Biden's relationship with top House Republican is frosty The Memo: The Obamas unbound, on race MORE's 2012 reelection campaign.