Bill Maher booed on HBO show after mocking liberals for calling Bloomberg racist

HBO's Bill MaherWilliam (Bill) MaherBill Maher to Joy Reid: 'Very nervous' about Biden's chances after GOP convention Bill Maher revives QAnon gag: 'I am Q' Oliver Stone, Bill Maher tangle on reliability of US intelligence on Russia: 'You think they're lying?' MORE drew boos on his show Friday night, with the live studio audience taking exception to the "Real Time" host mocking liberals for calling 2020 presidential hopeful Michael BloombergMichael BloombergBloomberg pays fines for 32,000 felons in Florida so they can vote Top Democratic super PAC launches Florida ad blitz after Bloomberg donation The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Latest with the COVID-19 relief bill negotiations MORE racist over his role as mayor in New York City's stop-and-frisk policy.

"Bernie SandersBernie SandersButtigieg stands in as Pence for Harris's debate practice Bernie Sanders warns of 'nightmare scenario' if Trump refuses election results Harris joins women's voter mobilization event also featuring Pelosi, Gloria Steinem, Jane Fonda MORE won Iowa and New Hampshire. He’s also leading in the national polls, which means we have a new front-runner," Maher said in his opening monologue. "Michael Bloomberg? What the f---?"

"Well, Bloomberg must be the front-runner because liberals are calling him a racist," Maher added to a chorus of boos from the audience in Los Angeles.

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"Keep booing. That’s how you lost the last election," Maher said with a smirk. 

The former mayor came under fire primarily from the left earlier this week after an audio clip from 2015 was unearthed in which Bloomberg defended the stop-and-frisk policy in New York City, stating, "Ninety-five percent of your murders — murderers and murder victims — fit one M.O. You can just take the description, Xerox it and pass it out to all the cops. They are male, minorities, 16 to 25."

"That’s true in New York. It’s true in virtually every city in America. And that’s where the real crime is. You’ve got to get the guns out of the hands of the people that are getting killed," Bloomberg said in February 2015 at the Aspen Institute.

"People say, 'Oh my God. You are arresting kids for marijuana who are all minorities.' Yes, that’s true. Why? Because we put all the cops in the minority neighborhoods. Yes, that’s true. Why'd we do it? Because that’s where all the crime is. And the way you should get the guns out of the kids' hands is throw them against the wall and frisk them," Bloomberg added at the time. 

Maher conceded that the billionaire businessman does have some "blind spots" but added that he would "happily vote for him if he is the winning bidder."

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"Bloomberg does have some blind spots, I’m not going to lie about that. He’s not too good on pot either," Maher said to more boos.

"But hey, I will happily vote for him if he is the winning bidder," Maher said, adding that President TrumpDonald John TrumpOmar fires back at Trump over rally remarks: 'This is my country' Pelosi: Trump hurrying to fill SCOTUS seat so he can repeal ObamaCare Trump mocks Biden appearance, mask use ahead of first debate MORE "loves to mock Bloomberg for being short, but he’s not short on cash. He has got ads everywhere. Have you seen this? They’re on Facebook. They’re on YouTube. They’re on television. I saw one on Pornhub. The title was 'Rich Daddy Pays for It.'"

Bloomberg has been surging in national polls, leapfrogging Democratic rivals such as Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenHarris joins women's voter mobilization event also featuring Pelosi, Gloria Steinem, Jane Fonda Judd Gregg: The Kamala threat — the Californiaization of America GOP set to release controversial Biden report MORE (D-Mass.) and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegButtigieg stands in as Pence for Harris's debate practice Hillicon Valley: FBI, DHS warn that foreign hackers will likely spread disinformation around election results | Social media platforms put muscle into National Voter Registration Day | Trump to meet with Republican state officials on tech liability shield Facebook takes down Chinese network targeting Philippines, Southeast Asia and the US MORE to land in third place behind Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenOmar fires back at Trump over rally remarks: 'This is my country' Trump mocks Biden appearance, mask use ahead of first debate Trump attacks Omar for criticizing US: 'How did you do where you came from?' MORE in the RealClearPolitics polling index.