With the midterm elections less than a month away, Real Time host Bill Maher said, Democrats need to work on their communication skills — not to minority communities, but to working-class white voters. And to do so, he said, they need to start sounding more like conservatives.
“Trust me, these subtleties of foreign policy are of no interest to the honky vote,” Maher said. “All they want to know is, whose a*s are we kicking next? At the first sign of trouble anywhere, say things like, ‘We’ll hit them with a brick while they’re sleeping.’ Remember, we’re not just the world’s policeman — we’re the world’s Ferguson, Missouri policeman.”
Maher said that with the economy improving and gas prices declining, Democrats shouldn’t have a hard time connecting to the white electorate — “After all, they drink Budweiser,” he observed — so he offered up some tips, including using the right code words to discuss race, without doing so explicitly.
“Phrases like ‘culture of dependency,’ ‘personal responsibility,’ and of course, ‘violence in elevators,'” he explained.
He also told Democrats to openly talk more about small businesses — to an extreme.
“You’re not just for them. You don’t just support them. You love them,” Maher exhorted. “You wish you could f*ck small businesses.”
Maher argued that white people are fixated on the idea of telling off their “d*ck-for-brains” bosses and starting their own small businesses.
“Do not screw with the imaginary small business in whitey’s head,” Maher advised.
Watch Maher’s commentary, as posted online on Friday, below.
Trump showed why his aides hate him when he berated his chief staffer in TV interview: Morning Joe panel
President Donald Trump berated his chief of staff in a moment captured by ABC News -- and panelists on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" agreed the outburst was deeply revealing.
The president interrupted an interview to order White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney out of the Oval Office for coughing while Trump answered a question about turning over his financial records.
"That was on purpose," said MSNBC analyst Mike Barnicle. "He coughed on purpose. He didn't want him to continue going down that (topic on) financial (records)."
White House reporter Jonathan Lemire, of the Associated Press, said the president's tirade wasn't unusual.
Morning Joe guest reveals why even Ivanka is afraid to deliver bad news to Trump: ‘He’ll explode’
President Donald Trump's inner circle is growing smaller and smaller, and the few aides he trusts are afraid to deliver any bad news to him -- and panelists on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" agreed the situation was dangerous.
Co-host Mika Brzezinski asked Associated Press reporter Jonathan Lemire if the president trusted any of his advisers, and the White House correspondent said he may still seek out counsel from Ivanka Trump.
"He might listen to his daughter, who is in there, but no," Lemire said. "That has been what's happened over the last year and a half, in particular, is the erosion of the guardrails, the erosion of adults in the room who could walk in there and say something. Mind you, it didn't always work, (but) now those people don't even exist."
John Oliver perfectly explains the Mueller report in a way all Americans can understand
The overwhelming majority of Americans have not read the 400-plus-page report from special counsel Robert Mueller.
As it stands, it's unclear how many elected officials have either. It's become a problem for Democrats, who would like to impeach the president but can't get the American people to pay attention long enough.
"Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver has a solution. In his Sunday show, Oliver outlined a vital piece of the report that outlined just one of many obstructions of justice at the hand of President Donald Trump.
After he outlined what impeachment is, he showed Trump talking about the law that claims it's for "high crimes and misdemeanors." According to Trump, he has to be accused of both because it says "and." An annoyed Oliver corrected the president's incorrect assessment.