Bill Maher defends Elizabeth Warren, other 2020 Dems from liberal ‘purity tests’

Before closing his show Friday night, HBO “Real Time” host Bill Maher blasted the Democratic Party for “swiping left” on the growing field of 2020 candidates.

“This time, let’s give them a chance. Let’s not eat our own the way we nitpicked Hillary to death over her emails and other bulls---,” Maher said. “Every Democrat is gonna have some dark spot. In Virginia, it’s on their face.”

The liberal comedian defended several Democrats who have taken heat for various controversies, from Sen. Kamala Harris’s tough-on-crime record as a prosecutor, the sexual misconduct that allegedly took place during Sen. Bernie Sanders' 2016 campaign, to Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s reported abusive behavior toward her staff.


Maher, however, gave the strongest defense for Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who has been repeatedly scrutinized for her history of claiming Native American ancestry.

“Sen. Elizabeth Warren claimed to be Native American. So what? Trump claimed to be human,” Maher told his audience. “If you think this stupid, blown out of proportion Indian controversy makes her inauthentic, you’re the phony. She is the champion for consumer rights in the age of income inequality. When it comes to Elizabeth Warren, I have no reservations.”

“Sen. Elizabeth Warren claimed to be Native American. So what? Trump claimed to be human.”

— Bill Maher

Maher then pointed to the Rolling Stones' classic hit song, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” which he noted is often played at President Trump’s campaign rallies.


“It tells you why Republicans are so successful because they’re not babies who think they can have everything. Evangelicals don’t really like Donald Trump. They know he can’t even pass a church without bursting into flames, but he got them two justices on the Supreme Court. Yeah, you can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you get what you need,” Maher continued. “That’s their jam. Ours is ‘Thank U, Next.’ We go from ‘I love you’ to ‘Die!’ in about six hours. It’s like dating Taylor Swift.”

“This is a real problem in our society, looking for an excuse to dump someone, someone good. Because there must be one more perfect. And sometimes, what you wind up with is no one to host the Oscars at all,” Maher later added. “Look at the Oscars, they’re being ruined by the same kind of ridiculous purity tests.”