A long-time critic of President Donald Trump admitted last week that even he doesn’t think Joe Biden can pull off a win this November.
According to the Washington Examiner, comedian Bill Maher told MSNBC’s Joy Reid last week that he’s “very nervous” about Democrats’ prospects of winning the White House.
“I am feeling less confident about this — maybe it’s just their convention bump got to me, but I’m feeling less confident than I was a month ago,” Maher said, according to the Examiner.
The left-wing comedian went on: “I feel very nervous, the same way I did four years ago at this time.”
“Pushing back on Joe Biden”
According to the Examiner, both Reid and Maher seemed troubled by the “smoothly produced” Republican National Convention last week. Trump indeed saw a boost in the polls following the GOP convention, the New York Post reported, though the same couldn’t be said for his Democratic counterpart.
Biden’s ever-shrinking lead in the polls could have something to do with his ongoing struggle to reach Black voters. According to the Examiner, Reid alleged in her conversation with Maher that Republicans had included “four Black guys” in their convention events as a sort of “permission slip” for voters who feel “icky” about Trump’s alleged racism — but Maher suggested that it’s Biden who has sent the wrong message.
The comedian pointed to a speech from Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron at Republicans’ convention last week.
“Mr. Vice President, look at me. I am Black. We are not all the same, sir. I am not in chains,” the Kentucky AG said, according to the Examiner. “My mind is my own, and you can’t tell me how to vote because of the color of my skin.”
Maher explained: “He was pushing back on Joe Biden for saying, you know, if you vote for Trump, ‘you ain’t Black,’ and I don’t think that is a good thing for Joe Biden to have said.” The former vice president had remarked to a radio host in May that anyone who has difficulty deciding whether to vote for him or Trump “ain’t Black,” as Fox News reported.
“Optimism very often wins”
“People do have their own minds,” Maher continued, according to the Examiner. “I’ve never been a fan of conformity. I’ve never been a fan of, ‘We all wear pink on Wednesday,’ we all have to do this, we all have to say this.”
The comedian told Reid that he understands why “people are pushing back at that kind of stuff.”
“To portray that idea that I would rather die on my feet than live on my knees, yes, I think that is attractive to a degree,” Maher added, as the Examiner reported. “[Republicans] looked optimistic, they looked like the country isn’t falling apart, even though the country is falling apart,” he alleged. “And optimism very often wins elections.”