'Donald Trump will never concede': Bill Maher warns that GOP is 'much better' equipped for a 2024 'coup'
Fox News and other right-wing media outlets are often quick to report “Real Time” host Bill Maher’s commentaries slamming “political correctness” and “woke” culture, which he believes are harmful to the Democratic Party and the liberal/progressive cause — a view Maher shares with veteran Democratic strategist James Carville. What Fox News doesn’t report on as often is Maher’s view of the modern Republican Party, former President Donald Trump and the MAGA movement, all of which he views as a dangerously authoritarian departure from the conservatism of the past.
To Maher, MAGA is fascism, not traditional conservatism. During a Q&A interview published by Variety on September 21, Maher predicted that Trump will run for president again in 2024 and make another “coup” attempt if he loses — only this time, he will be better equipped to pull it off.
Maher told Variety, “I said from the very beginning, he’s definitely going to run again. There’s no doubt. He hasn’t conceded the last election. He’s absolutely going to run again. I can’t imagine, if he wants the nomination, the Republican Party denying it to him — and I can very easily see him beating (President Joe) Biden. But it doesn’t matter because even if Biden beats him, which he probably will, Trump will never concede. And this time, of course, he’s put people in place who will back up his phony claims of winning the election. So, the coup that he tried last time could work much better this time. That’s what I worry about and have been worrying about.”
Before the 2020 election, Maher predicted that if Trump lost, he would refuse to concede. Sure enough, Trump lost the election; Biden picked up 306 electoral votes and defeated Trump by more than 7 million in the popular vote. And just as Maher predicted, Trump refused to admit that he lost the election.
During the Variety interview, Maher reiterated his disdain for “woke” culture — which he views as a major liability for the Democratic Party at a time when Democrats need to be doing as much as they can to combat MAGA extremism.
Maher believes that “woke” and “politically correct” terms like “Latinx” and “pregnant people” make Democrats less accessible to voters. When liberal Democratic Rep. Rubén Gallego of Arizona appeared on “Real Time” in February, Maher argued that it makes no sense for Democrats to use the term “Latinx” when only about 2 percent of Latinos use the term —and Gallego, who also hates the term and refuses to use it, was in complete agreement.
When Variety asked Maher to cite the “Democrats’ biggest problem heading into 2024?” he responded, “The biggest problem with the Democrats is their woke baggage.”
Maher told Variety, “I think the Democrats could easily win every election if they didn’t do the kind of things that make people go, ‘Oh my God, this is the party of no common sense.’ Stop talking about pregnant men and stuff that makes people go, ‘Who are these f*****g people? What are they talking about? Men don’t get pregnant.’ It’s the stuff that makes them very vulnerable because it’s very close to home. The environment is an issue, and democracy is an issue. But those are rather vague in a lot of people’s minds.”
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