Bill Maher’s Friday night “Real Time” panel with Adam Gopnik and S.E. Cupp brought up the meeting this week with President Donald Trump and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY). Maher doesn’t think there’s a chance that Democrats will ever be able to work with the president on anything.
Maher brought up the excerpt released of Hillary Clinton’s new book, which talks about the things she wished she’d done and said during the debate, but sucked it up and continued on.
“This, to me, is why Democrats are in such a bad place,” Maher began. “They think of the right thing to do that would take balls and then they don’t do it and write a book about it.”
Maher said that it isn’t just Clinton, it’s all of the Democratic Party.
“This is why I despair so much about the election again, because I fear they have this recessive gene about how to play politics,” Maher said. “They have no idea how to go for the jugular.”
He read a statement from Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) who said last week that she hopes Trump has the “ability to learn and change.”
“She said this last week?” Maher said, dumbfounded.
Feinstein went on to say that if Trump is able to, “then he could be a good president.”
“No he can’t and he won’t,” Maher said. “I mean, this level of civility was appropriate 30 years ago. This is not the country we’re living in anymore. This is not going to cut it.”
Gopnik noted that throughout President Barack Obama’s entire presidency, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and the Republican Party pledged to stop government from functioning to prevent any Democratic policies from moving forward.
“The Democrats can’t hold the same kind of line against Donald Trump,” he said. “We saw them going in and negotiating with Trump. And imagining they were getting something. You can’t negotiate with a sociopath. The sociopath will always win.”
Cupp argued that Democrats did get something in that they completely ran roughshod over the GOP and made a deal that sets the next possible government shutdown around the winter holidays. It won’t be an ideal time for the GOP to decide they want to shut down the government.
Watch the full discussion below: