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Real Time host Bill Maher said Democrats should drop Kamala Harris, not Joe Biden, to save their chances in the 2024 election.
On Friday night’s final episode, Maher said Democrats should not fear criticism that Biden is “too old” to lead, and said the president has always been a “blunder machine.”
Instead, Maher said the key to winning would be to drop Harris as vice president, especially after her latest blunder of calling North Korea an “ally.”
“What I could see is replacing the vice president because she’s, yeah, she’s not very popular anywhere.”
However, Maher joked that because the party has been so uplifting, it would be hard to replace a colored woman on the ticket.
“This is the problem with the Democratic party, they are so hemmed in by identity politics that you can’t imagine a Democratic ticket without a woman, a person of color on it.
“And soon you’re going to get behind that gay Latino and have, you know, a deaf Eskimo.”
Real Time host Bill Maher said Democrats should drop Kamala Harris, not Joe Biden, if they want to be successful in 2024.
Maher said Biden is already known as a ‘blunder machine’, but Harris was just a ‘bad politician’ and has come under heavy scrutiny since taking office
Maher’s guest, Caitlin Flanagan, Atlantic staff writer, agreed that the optics around Harris were bad from the start, and called the vice president.
The former California attorney general saw her own presidential aspirations shattered after a series of debates in which opponents pointed to her office’s incarceration rates for marijuana possession.
“Besides, for some reason, being an obnoxious person, I think she also has a lot of baggage that wouldn’t do well under a lot of supervision,” Flanagan said.
While Flanagan called Harris a “heat-seeking missile” due to bad publicity, Maher simply called the vice president “a bad politician.”
“I think she’s a very intelligent person, but I don’t know,” he said. “I see them doing that because a big part of the problem with ‘Biden is old’ is, oh, if he dies, you get this person.”
CNN contributor Van Jones agreed that Biden remains a fairly popular candidate who would be Democrats’ best shot against a Donald Trump campaign, adding that Harris “wouldn’t be on the ticket.”
Maher said that while Biden has long been known for blunders during his political career, Harris does not have that reputation, so her mistakes are causing bigger problems for the party.
During remarks at the end of her visit to the DMZ, Harris praised the alliance the US has with “Republican North Korea” – an embarrassing blunder on the heels of President Joe Biden who asked the crowd to call a deceased congressman the to identify the day before
The stenographer’s transcript for the vice president showed the word “North” crossed out for her comments, despite Harris not correcting her error during the speech in real time. This is common practice for White House stenographers when fact-checking transcripts
One of Harris’s recent blunders that Maher disagreed with was during her speech in South Korea’s Demilitarized Zone, where she falsely announced a US alliance with “North Korea.”
“The United States shares a very important relationship, which is an alliance with the Republic of North Korea,” Harris said during a speech at the DMZ Thursday, intending to refer to the Republic of Korea, South Korea’s official name.
“It’s a strong and lasting alliance,” she continued, appearing not to recognize her mistake.
Her comments about US support for the defense of South Korea came as North Korea launched another missile Thursday in light of the vice president’s trip to Asia.
A communications consultant for Texas Senator Ted Cruz called Harris a “flat idiot” for her comments.
That same day, Harris was further investigated for clumsiness at the DMZ.
Video of Harris’s trip shows the vice president, accompanied by American soldiers, marveling as she watches North Korea.
“There’s something about seeing it with your own eyes,” Harris notes. “And it’s so close.”
The service person then corrects her and says, “It’s 50 yards away, Mom.”
“Oh yes,” she replied.
Kamala Harris in the Demilitarized Zone separating the two Koreas (Leah Millis/AP)
The vice president then suddenly starts talking to the American and South Korean soldiers at the DMZ about NASA’s Webb telescope, which has taken pictures of distant galaxies.
“Have you seen the pictures from the Webb telescope,” Harris tells the officers, who seemed confused about the unrelated subject.
“It’s the most humiliating thing,” Harris adds as the service staff nod politely. ‘You have to see it.’
After the trip to Asia, the vice president was mobbed by Christina Pushaw, the rapid response director of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, after Harris made comments about the release of federal relief funds after Hurricane Ian.
Speaking at the Democratic National Committee’s Women’s Leadership Forum on Friday, Harris said it is people of color and lower-income communities who are “being most affected by these extremes.” [weather] condition.’
The devastation wrought by Florida came into focus a day after Ian struck as a monstrous Category 4 hurricane, one of the strongest storms to ever hit the US
It flooded homes on both coasts of the state, cut off the only access road to a barrier island, destroyed a historic waterfront pier, and laid out electricity to 2.67 million Florida homes and businesses — nearly a quarter of utilities. .
Harris, 57, was discussing climate change with actress Priyanka Chopra in Washington, DC when she made her comments.
Harris, 57, discussed climate change with actress Priyanka Chopra when she made her controversial comments
Harris said of the relief: ‘We need to approach this in a way that’s about giving resources based on equality, understanding that we’re fighting for equality, but we also need to fight for equality’
The vice president continued: “I know we are all thinking of the families in Florida and Puerto Rico with… [Hurricane] Fiona and what we need to do to help them in terms of immediate response and help.”
She continued: “We have to approach this in a way that is about giving resources on an equal basis, recognizing that we are fighting for equality, but we also have to fight for equality.”
Harris added: “Understanding that not everyone starts in the same place, and if we want people to be in the same place, sometimes we have to take those differences into account.”
Just hours later, Pushaw took Harris to account for her comments. She tweeted: ‘This is not true. @VP’s rhetoric is causing unnecessary panic and needs to be clarified. FEMA Individual Assistance is already available to all Floridians affected by Hurricane Ian, regardless of race or background.”
Pushaw encouraged her followers who need help in the wake of the hurricane to call 1-800-621-3362 or log on to Disasterassistance.gov.
The world’s richest man, Elon Musk weighed in on Harris’s comments
Pushaw, who previously worked as DeSantis’ press secretary, followed up on her original post, saying: “The @VP should also correct what she said. A real journalist would simply ask her to clarify what she meant by those remarks and why she misrepresented aid.’
The richest man in the world, Elon Musk, joined in and called Harris.
He commented on Ryan Fournier, founder of Students for Trump’s tweet about Harris. Musk said aid should be given “according to the greatest need, not by race or anything else.”
Fournier had tweeted, “You can’t make this up. Kamala Harris said the government will provide hurricane resources “on an equity basis” by sending funds to “communities of color.” I think everyone is just screwed.’