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Bill Maher ridicules Middle America, calls them less 'affluent and educated,' says they want to be like elite liberals

This went over like a lead balloon

Bill Maher, host of HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher," made fun of Americans living in flyover states during his the Friday night broadcast of his show.

Why?

During his monologue, Maher addressed the news that Amazon had nixed its plans to build a New York City headquarters.

Amazon issued a statement last week detailing their reason behind withdrawing its intent to build the campus.

The statement read:

After much thought and deliberation, we've decided not to move forward with our plans to build a headquarters for Amazon in Long Island City, Queens. For Amazon, the commitment to build a new headquarters requires positive, collaborative relationships with state and local elected officials who will be supportive over the long-term. While polls show that 70% of New Yorkers support our plans and investment, a number of state and local politicians have made it clear that they oppose our presence and will not work with us to build the type of relationships that are required to go forward with the project we and many others envisioned in Long Island City.

So what did Maher say?

Maher blamed at least a portion of Amazon's decision on the division between liberal-leaning areas and conservative-leaning areas, calling the problem "spatial geographic inequality."

"We have a problem in America called 'spatial geographic inequality,' which means the most affluent and educated people are clustered in just a few cities," Maher told his viewers.

"We have orchestras and theaters districts and world-class shopping. We have Chef Wolfgang Puck, they have Chef Boyardee," he continued to joke. "Our roofs have solar panels, theirs have last year's Christmas lights."

Maher went on to say that conservatives might just have a chip on their shoulders when it comes to liberals.

"Maybe that has something to do with why Trump voters are obsessed with 'owning the libs,'" the late-night show host mused, "because the libs own everything else. The blue parts of America are having a big prosperity party while that big sea of red feels like their invitation got lost in the mail."

He added, "The fly-over states have become the passed-over states, that's why red state voters are so p****d off. They don't hate us, they want to be us."

Maher went on to add that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos should perhaps create a headquarters in one of these "less affluent" areas of the country.

Maher later joked that Amazon could purchase the state of Mississippi and rename it "Amazippi."

"Bezos, you're worth $130 billion. Take one for the team!" he demanded. "Stop playing cities off against one another and help a dying one come back to life. If we keep leaving the red states behind, they're going to keep getting angrier and crazier, because if you're not invited to the party, the next best thing is to throw a turd in the punch bowl."

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