Despite that perception, Maher hasn’t betrayed the Left. He’s the identical liberal he was throughout the Clinton, Bush, and Obama years. What modified is that Maher failed to acknowledge the Left’s transition from 2016 to 2020 as a result of he had targeted solely on mocking Donald Trump. After Trump left the White House, Maher needed to dig deeper and write jokes with no one-track thoughts. Upon doing so, Maher noticed how offended, depressing, ungrateful, and devious the present iteration of the Left is.
Maher now opens and closes his HBO program questioning the “logic” of cancel tradition and fairness, a far cry from his monologues one yr in the past. As a outcome, Maher is now performing to an viewers unfamiliar along with his earlier supporters.
“For the first time in my life, I am playing to a mixed audience,” Maher stated on The Joe Scarborough Podcast. (Joe Scarborough has a podcast?)
“I was in Nashville about a month ago, and the audience was about 60-40 liberal to conservative. That never used to happen, never. And I think it’s because 10 years ago, in my opinion anyway, the Left did not have a crazy section. There was no such thing as woke, and now they do have a crazy section, which I call out as a liberal. I think I’m kind of one of the only people doing that, so there’s a hunger to hear that.”
So what modified? Donald Trump. Liberals modified after Trump defeated them in 2016. Democratic voters nonetheless can’t recover from the beautiful outcomes. In response, social media enhanced the angriest group of leftists and grew the far-Left, a gaggle to which Maher can’t relate.
“I think traditional liberals have had it with the far left of their own party, and they enjoy this too,” Maher goes on. “To be able to play to a crowd like I did in Nashville that’s almost split even, that just never happened before. The audience was almost all completely liberal, but things have changed.”
Maher has stated beforehand that he now enjoys performing stand-up comedy in crimson states over blue states. Speaking to Jimmy Kimmel in September, Maher joked that if he says he’s having a great day, the Left will blame it on his “white privilege.”
Maher is likely one of the few political pundits who elevated his attain after Trump left workplace. While CNN, MSNBC, and late-night TV have misplaced their goal for existence, Maher now generates extra headlines and digital views per present. Maher’s rivals are aching for content material whereas he’s capitalizing on market demand: somebody who will scold each side.
Bill Maher has by no means been higher. Drawing a combined crowd in 2021 proves that. Who else can get conservatives and liberals laughing in the identical room?