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Liberals attack a Republican Senator because a liberal said something racist

Senator Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) was excoriated by liberals for being within earshot of Bill Maher when he used what is considered a racial epithet. Image Source: Twitter video screenshot.

Liberal comedian Bill Maher used the "n-word" on his HBO show within earshot of Senator Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), and liberals are now attacking the Republican for not being sufficiently horrified.

Black Lives Matter leader Deray McKesson tweeted that Bill Maher had "to go" over what he said. "There are no explanations that make this acceptable," he adding, "why did the audience think it was okay to laugh? And Ben Sasse doesn't even flinch. What is happening in the world?"

The joke came as Sasse was innocently inviting Maher to his home state of Nebraska.

"I wish I was in Nebraska more," Maher said.

"You're welcome!" Sasse responded. "We'd like to have you work in the fields with us!"

"Work in the fields?" Maher chided, "Senator, I'm a house n****r."

Audience reaction to the joke was mixed — some seemed to be uneasy with the joke, but they were overtaken by the laughter and applause from those who enjoyed the jest.

Liberals have taken the opportunity to attack the senator, even though he had no part in the epithet being used by Maher, who is himself an unabashed liberal.

Joy Reid is an MSNBC host, and she excoriated both Maher and Sasse.

Symone Sanders is the former press secretary for Bernie Sanders:

Others criticized the occurrence on social media:

Some pointed out that Sasse did appear to cringe momentarily at the joke and draw back. On the other hand, Daily Beast editor Marlow Stern said that he "laughed his face off."

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