Bill Maher: Democrats ‘Look Weak’ for Refusing to Allow Fox News to Host Democratic Primary Debate

By Melanie Arter | March 19, 2019 | 10:22pm EDT
Comedian Bill Maher (Screenshot)

( - Comedian and host of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” used his show on Friday to mock the Democratic Party for refusing to allow Fox News Channel to host any of the Democratic primary presidential debates.

Maher called it “a terrible decision” and said it made the party look weak and that it was “running from a fight when they should be in there throwing punches.”


“Finally, new rule: Grow a pair. Last week, the Democrats made a terrible decision when they announced that they had turned down Fox News’s offer to host one of their 2020 primary debates, saying Fox was nothing more than propaganda. Okay. So why not go on Fox News and tell them that?” he said.

“You don’t like the questions that Fox News might ask, so you’re deciding to not take any question at all? How very Trump of you. This is a fundamental problem with the Democratic Party. They look weak - running from a fight when they should be in there throwing punches,” Maher said.



“Republicans never shy away from coming on this show, and they come with a smile on their face despite knowing that the only people in the crowd cheering them on are the three campaign aides they brought with them - the ones who eat all the food in the green room,” he said.

“The audience is against them, and they don’t care, because it’s an opportunity to expose people to your side of the story. So what if there are groans. Groans won’t kill you. Political TV is full of groans and eye rolls and pouting and worst of all Tucker face. You never want to get Tucker face,” Maher continued.

He said Fox News does invite Democrats to appear on the network, but they don’t go.

“I used to think the reason I never saw prominent Democrats on Fox News was they weren’t invited. I thought they were banned from appearing on the network like I am, but no. They’re invited. They just don’t go,” Maher said.

“Well, I shouldn’t say all. Here’s a list of prominent Democrats who do frequently go on Fox News: Congressman Eric Swalwell. That’s it. That’s the list. Last week, Swalwell tweeted, ‘I’ve been on nearly every Fox show. I don’t go on because I accept the views of their hosts, but because I respect that some of their viewers are open-minded,’” he added.

“Exactly, 19 percent of all voters - Democrat and Republican - said Fox News was their main source of campaign news. That’s ahead of every other source. It’s more than ABC, CBS, and NBC, combined. Only three percent of voters said their main source was the New York Times, and they were lying,” Maher said.

He challenged Democrats to get outside of their “echo chamber and infiltrate” the Republicans’.

“I notice that the new tradition for Democrats who’ve just announced they’re running is to go on Rachel Maddow. Spoiler alert! You already have her vote,” Maher said.


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