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

HBO's Bill MaherWilliam (Bill) MaherRush, Trish and left-leaning media: Is it opinion or news reporting? Colbert celebrates lack of audience as late night shows suspend production for coronavirus Bill Maher defends Chris Matthews, mocks harassment claim 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 BloombergFormer Bloomberg staffer seeks class-action lawsuit over layoffs Bloomberg spent over 0M on presidential campaign The Hill's Campaign Report: Officials in spotlight over coronavirus response MORE racist over his role as mayor in New York City's stop-and-frisk policy.

"Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden campaign: Trump and former vice president will have phone call about coronavirus Judge slams Wisconsin governor, lawmakers for not delaying election amid coronavirus outbreak The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden offers to talk coronavirus response with Trump 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 TrumpBiden campaign: Trump and former vice president will have phone call about coronavirus Esper: Military personnel could help treat coronavirus patients 'if push comes to shove' Schumer calls for military official to act as medical equipment czar 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 WarrenHillicon Valley: T-Mobile, Sprint complete merger | Warren pushes food delivery apps to classify workers as full employees | Lawsuit accuses Zoom of improperly sharing user data Warren calls on food delivery apps to classify workers as full employees Biden confirms he's considering Whitmer for VP MORE (D-Mass.) and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Pence defends response, says Trump never 'belittled' virus threat Reuters poll finds Sanders cutting Biden national lead to single digits Biden says he'll adopt plans from Sanders, Warren MORE to land in third place behind Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden campaign: Trump and former vice president will have phone call about coronavirus Overnight Health Care: Trump resists pressure for nationwide stay-at-home order | Trump open to speaking to Biden about virus response | Fauci gets security detail | Outbreak creates emergency in nursing homes 16 things to know today about coronavirus outbreak MORE in the RealClearPolitics polling index.