Comedian and political commentator Bill Maher has blasted the democrats for not siding and defending their record during their time in Congress with President Obama. Bill Maher was speaking on his HBO program, Real Time with Bill Maher, when he stated that the Republican’s victory on Tuesday’s midterm elections were the result of the GOP forging an electoral campaign around the unpopularity of President Obama.
“It was a simple message for a simple people, s**** Obama,” Maher said. “And it worked. Because none of the Democrats came out for Obama.”
Senator Bernie Sanders said it’s very easy to beat up on Obama instead of talking about big issues that affect the country. Maher demonstrated how few Democratic candidates said anything positive about Obama, instead turning their backs on the president and his accomplishments.
Bill Maher sympathized with Senator Bernie Sanders, who decided to run as an independent candidate and is the longest-serving independent in U.S. Congressional history.
Maher said, “I don’t blame you for being an independent, Bernie. I really don’t”.
Bill Maher insisted that had the Democrats sided with and supported the President, the party would have still held the upper hand in the Senate. Maher asserted that the Democrats should have built an election campaign over the success of the president during the current term. He argues that declines in unemployment and gas prices, coupled with increases in the stock market and jobs gains, would have been enough to ensure another successful term.
President Obama has reduced the unemployment rate to its lowest level since the recession, ticked down from 5.9 percent to 5.8 percent, which is practically the same rate Mitt Romney promised at the end of his presidential term.
“What does that tell you?” Maher said. “I keep hearing it’s a ‘wave election.’ Every f*cking election is a ‘wave election now.”
Senator Bernie Sanders went on to predict that the Republicans would attempt to cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid within the next year, contrary to the electorate’s wishes, as well as fight raises to the minimum wage.
Bill Maher spoke of how ironic it was that voters would support things like marijuana legalization and minimum wage hikes on the ballot, while also electing lawmakers who would try to block them.
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