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

HBO's Bill MaherWilliam (Bill) MaherCarville predicts Biden will quickly be declared winner: 'Not going to be close' Conservative group unveils ad accusing liberals of attacking Barrett's faith Sanders tells Maher 'there will be a number of plans' to remove Trump if he loses MORE implored Oprah WinfreyOprah Gail WinfreyNYT security guard who went viral for interaction with Biden will have prominent role at convention: report Louisville Breonna Taylor billboard erected by Oprah Magazine vandalized with red paint 'White privilege' is the biggest white lie of all MORE to run against President TrumpDonald John TrumpJudge rules to not release Russia probe documents over Trump tweets Trump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Obama to campaign for Biden in Florida 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 BidenTrump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Obama to campaign for Biden in Florida Supreme Court reinstates ban on curbside voting in Alabama 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.

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He also referred to Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden endorses Texas Democratic House candidate Julie Oliver Democratic senators unveil bill to ban discrimination in financial services industry Obama endorses Espy in Mississippi Senate race MORE (D-Mass.) as "a three-syllable woman in a one-syllable country," he added.

As for Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden endorses Texas Democratic House candidate Julie Oliver Ocasio-Cortez rolls out Twitch channel to urge voting Calls grow for Democrats to ramp up spending in Texas 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 ButtigiegLGBTQ voters must show up at the polls, or risk losing progress Buttigieg says it's time to 'turn the page' on Trump administration Sunday shows preview: Coronavirus cases surge in the Midwest; Trump hits campaign trail after COVID-19 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.

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"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 ObamaObama to campaign for Biden in Florida Jaime Harrison on Lindsey Graham postponing debate: 'He's on the verge of getting that one-way ticket back home' Quinnipiac poll reports Biden leading Trump by 8 points in Pennsylvania MORE's 2012 reelection campaign.