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

HBO's Bill MaherWilliam (Bill) MaherBiden to appear on 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' on Friday Right wing's new-found love for satire and the 'It is only a joke" defense Juan Williams: Biden and Manchin are 2021's most influential politicians MORE implored Oprah WinfreyOprah Gail WinfreyPrince Harry and Meghan treat Atlanta's King Center to Black-owned food trucks for MLK Day Dr. Oz calls Fauci a 'petty tyrant,' challenges him to debate Best and worst crisis management in 2021 MORE to run against President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump lawyers to Supreme Court: Jan. 6 committee 'will not be harmed by delay' Two House Democrats announce they won't seek reelection DiCaprio on climate change: 'Vote for people that are sane' 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 BidenMadame Tussauds unveils new Biden and Harris figures US raises concerns about Russian troop movements to Belarus Putin tests a model for invading Ukraine, outwitting Biden's diplomats 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 WarrenWarren dodges on whether Sinema, Manchin should be challenged in primaries Former aide says she felt 'abandoned' by Democrats who advanced Garcetti nomination as ambassador to India The Memo: 2024 chatter reveals Democratic nervousness MORE (D-Mass.) as "a three-syllable woman in a one-syllable country," he added.

As for Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersShame on Biden for his Atlanta remarks — but are we surprised? Overnight Health Care — Biden faces pressure from Democrats on COVID-19 Sanders calls out Manchin, Sinema ahead of filibuster showdown 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 ButtigiegAT&T, Verizon to delay 5G rollout near certain airports Top Democrats call on AT&T and Verizon to delay 5G rollouts near airports Hillicon Valley — Airlines issue warning about 5G service 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 ObamaCould the coming 'red wave' election become a 'red tsunami'? Bottom line Barack Obama wishes a happy 58th birthday to 'best friend' Michelle MORE's 2012 reelection campaign.