"Real Time" host Bill Maher predicted to podcaster Joe Rogan this week that the Democratic Party is "going to get their ass kicked" during midterm elections in November because they have all but abandoned "common sense."
What did he say?
"I'm always saying to the Democrats, just don't be the party of no common sense and you will be surprised at what amazing success you will have, as opposed to what's going to happen, which is they're going to get their ass kicked in November," Maher explained during an appearance on Tuesday's episode of "The Joe Rogan Experience."
The liberal talk show host has gained some notoriety among conservatives in recent years due to his penchant for calling out increasingly radical left-wing ideas.
But on Tuesday, Maher asserted that he's not the one who has changed; rather, progressive in the country are the ones who have drifted away from broadly accepted norms.
"The left has gotten goofier. So, I seem more conservative, maybe," he argued. "But like, it’s not me who changed. I feel I’m the same guy."
"Five years ago we hadn’t spent $6 trillion to stay home. I mean, I understand we had to do something with the pandemic," he continued. "Five years ago, no one was talking about abolishing the police. There was no talk about pregnant men. I mean, looting was still illegal. So, like, have I changed? No, because if someone had said 20 years ago 'I'm not sure looting is a bad thing,' I would’ve opposed it then. So, I haven’t changed."
Bill Maher on the Hunger for Common Sense youtu.be
Later, when discussing why both he and Rogan have experienced a growth in their followings, Maher said, "I think it's because we are both seen as people who are commonsensical."
"And that is what there is a hunger for, I think, in America, more than anything, is common sense. Away from the extremes," he added.
Elsewhere in episode, the two commentators discussed Big Tech censorship of the coronavirus lab-leak theory as an example of how everything in America has become politicized and categorized into one of two "extremes."
"It wasn't cool that [Twitter] didn't allow the lab-leak theory to be talked about," Maher said. "For months, you couldn't even mention it. And that is certainly something that was open to question."
"I mean, it was like, to me, the very kind of issue that if Twitter was really doing the job it should would be a healthy forum for people to go back and forth and say, 'Well, here's why I think COVID probably came from bats because A, B and C' and then, 'Well, but you know, there was this lab in Wuhan that was studying coronaviruses and somebody could have walked out with it on their shoe,'" he continued. "'Can't we even look into that?'"
"For Twitter to take that off, that to me was a huge red flag," he added.
Rogan responded by saying, "It was crazy because it wasn't resolved. It just wasn't resolved. It wasn't resolved amongst virologists, there was no way they could know."
"Even the Biden administration admits that," Maher cut in. "[Robert] Redfield, the former head of the CDC, firmly believes that it was in a lab, but again, that becomes the conservative view. For what f***ing reason, why — I can't even follow the logic of why we pick, 'OK, if you think it came from the wet markets, you're a Democrat. And if you think it came out of the lab, you're a Republican.' It's like what the f*** does it have to do with a Republican or Democrat?"