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

HBO's Bill MaherWilliam (Bill) MaherMaher goes after Manchin: 'Most powerful Republican in the Senate' Maher calls college a 'grift,' compares it to Scientology Bill Maher rips celebrities considering running for office as malignant narcissists 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 BloombergPress: Even Jeff Bezos should pay income taxes What the Democrats should be doing to reach true bipartisanship 5 former Treasury secretaries back Biden's plan to increase tax enforcement on wealthy MORE racist over his role as mayor in New York City's stop-and-frisk policy.

"Bernie SandersBernie SandersCentrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting Democrats facing tough reelections back bipartisan infrastructure deal The Hill's Morning Report - ObamaCare here to stay 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 TrumpHead of firms that pushed 'Italygate' theory falsely claimed VA mansion was her home: report Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting VA moving to cover gender affirmation surgery through department health care 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 WarrenCentrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting Democrats have turned solidly against gas tax Overnight Health Care: Takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision | COVID-19 cost 5.5 million years of American life | Biden administration investing billions in antiviral pills for COVID-19 MORE (D-Mass.) and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegHigh-speed rail getting last minute push in Congress Buttigieg: Bipartisan deal on infrastructure 'strongly preferred' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden ends infrastructure talks with key Republican | Colonial Pipeline CEO grilled over ransomware attack | Texas gov signs bills to improve power grid after winter storm MORE to land in third place behind Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe Biden 64 percent of Iowans say 'time for someone else' to hold Grassley's Senate seat: poll Philadelphia shooting leaves 2 dead, injures toddler Ron Johnson booed at Juneteenth celebration in Wisconsin MORE in the RealClearPolitics polling index.