On August 5, 2016, Bill Maher, from the desk of his show Real Time, urged the left-leaning voters who were watching to vote for Hillary Clinton and against Donald Trump in the upcoming Presidential Election, no matter what:
“Everything else – every issue, every fight, every cause has to take a backseat to defeating Trump. He’s like an infection; you don’t fool around with it.
“Look. We all have our issues that are important to us, and, so just to lead by example, let me say that I will take my own close-to-the-heart pet cause, pot legalization, off the table. And you know me — I have seeds in my urine. You know that. But if someone told me that pushing for pot might cost Hillary Ohio, until Nov. 8, I’m just gonna shut the fuck up about it.
“Now I know liberals are feeling pretty good about Hillary’s chances this week, but history has taught us that Democrats are pretty good at blowing elections and Republicans are masters at winning elections with solutions in search of a problem. And the problem they’re imagining lately is that the transgendered, or sex fiends pretending to be transgendered, roam America’s restrooms in drag, looking for a chance to watch people pee.
“O.K., here’s what we can’t do this election – get tricked into symbolic fights about college campus pet peeves. Hillary, if someone asks you if Christmas is unfair to the disabled because the reindeer laugh at Rudolph’s nose, just say ‘I don’t care.’ I know, we’re liberals, and there’s an infinite list of ideas for making the world better by making it less like Duck Dynasty, but there’s no room for boutique issues in an armageddon election. And look, I’m on the side of people peeing where they want; it’s an inalienable right. I believe it was Patrick Henry who said, ‘Nobody beats the whizz.’ And I’m not suggesting that we throw the trangendered under the bus or discount their struggle. It can’t be easy finding pantyhose when you’re 6’4! But this is exactly the kind of culture war issue that rousts a certain type of voter out of their trailers on Election Day.”
Bill Maher reserved his most pointed admonishment, however, for Wikileaks founder and editor-in-chief Julian Assange, who appeared on the show via satellite, for focusing more so on Hillary Clinton rather than Donald Trump.
“Why haven’t we seen anything hacked from the Trump campaign? Obviously we know these came from Russia. And we also know that you do not like Hillary Clinton at all, as does not Vladimir Putin. It looks like you are working with a bad actor, Russia, to put your thumb on the scale and basically fuck with the one person who stands in the way of us being ruled by Donald Trump.”
Indeed, Bill Maher is correct. Bernie has conceded and endorsed Hillary Clinton, and both Hillary and Bernie agree more than they disagree. Now that Hillary has emerged as the nominee and agreed to follow Bernie’s example, with the election only three short months away, it is past time for the trifling and bickering to stop. The stakes are too damned high. O.K.?
Featured image: Bill Maher via Home Box Office.