Despite his own left-wing perspective, HBO host Bill Maher’s frank commentary has frequently outraged fellow progressives.
In one recent example, the Real Time host called out U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) for making a brazen statement with her dress at the Met Gala in New York City.
“A big part of the freight”
The progressive lawmaker showed up to the exclusive event with a white dress emblazoned with the words “tax the rich” written across it in red. For his part, Maher blasted Ocasio-Cortez for perpetuating a misleading narrative.
“It’s not like we don’t tax the rich at all,” he said, noting that “the richest 65,000 New Yorkers out of 8 million people pay 51% of taxes,” according to Fox News.
Although Maher acknowledged that he is in favor of “ending income inequality” and agreed that “there are lots of things we need to amend about the capitalist system,” he clearly disagreed with the congresswoman’s oversimplified message.
“I’m just saying, you’re wearing ‘tax the rich’ on your a** and people are always saying the rich don’t pay taxes,” Maher opined, according to Fox. “The rich pay some taxes. They pay a big part of the freight already. I’m not saying it shouldn’t be more, perhaps, but let’s not lie.”
Maintaining his focus on Ocasio-Cortez, the comedian went on to reference some of her recent controversial tweets. In one post, she claimed that transgender men and non-binary individuals “can also menstruate,” declaring that such people “have always existed and will always exist.”
“It’s just bad politics”
As for those who disagree, Ocasio-Cortez wrote: “People can stay mad about that if they want, or they can grow up.”
Without exploring the underlying assertion about gender, Maher expressed his frustration with her messaging.
“Maybe if the tone wasn’t like, ‘You morons who don’t know that men can menstruate and what two-spirit is, catch up,'” the host suggested, noting that such language is “what people hate” about progressives.
Maher advised Ocasio-Cortez: “Maybe, you know, help us along, explain, don’t have this attitude like the part of the country that isn’t completely caught up with this is just moronic and ‘I can’t even bear to deal with you. Grow up.’ First of all, it’s just bad politics. I don’t know if she thinks it’s only Republicans are in that camp who don’t know what two-spirit is. But I think a lot of people are just learning about some of this stuff. And this is new.”
Although many conservatives are likely to resonate with Maher’s position, it is worth noting that, at the end of the day, he still supports most of the positions endorsed by Ocasio-Cortez and her far-left colleagues.