Clinton ‘couldn’t fill the function room at the Olive Garden’: Bill Maher

Comedian Bill Maher mocked Hillary Clinton’s lack of popularity and used the opportunity to scold Democrats on losing the election. He made the comments in an interview with Jake Tapper on CNN Tuesday.

Maher was saying what he thought went wrong in the election, saying, “go where the energy is in the party. Hillary is a lovely lady, but she couldn’t fill the function room at the Olive Garden, and there was a 74-year-old man who was getting crowds of 20,000 young people to come see him.”

“Rallies matter,” he said. “Trump proved that. It shows something about what people want.”

“Uh, she was not a great candidate.” he added. “I think she acknowledges that herself. Having said that, what I’m going to talk about at the end of my show on Friday night is the fact that those people who said, ‘well, she was the lesser of two evils’ and, ‘a pox on both their houses,’ now we have a hundred days of empirical evidence what a Trump presidency looks like.”

“They should be ashamed of themselves, and for the future, we should note this,” he concluded. “That you were wrong about Hillary just being the lesser of two evils. That’s the first step to winning another election for the Democrats.”

Clinton was recently interviewed about the failures in her campaign, and she took “absolute personal responsibility,” but then said that FBI Director Comey, WikiLeaks, misogyny and the media were also blame. This elicited some mockery, including that of Tapper at the beginning of his CNN show.

Tapper asked him if he agreed with Clinton about the causes of her electoral loss. “I don’t think she’s wrong. I don’t know why she needs to be coming back,” he explained. “She had her turn, and it didn’t work out.”

“Having said that, she’s right, about the letter,” he said, referring to the letter from FBI Director Comey about investigating Clinton. “I don’t understand why Director Comey didn’t release both. You know he seemed to be in a tough place, I get it. He had to say something, he thought, eleven days before the election. Why not say that, and also mention the stuff about Russia with Donald Trump. That seemed to be, to me, the fair way to handle it.”

The Democrats have been in an ongoing battle in their own ranks between the far left progressives who criticize Hillary Clinton’s centrism, and the more establishment Democrats who are defending her candidacy by blaming outside causes.

Senators Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) have been progressive critics, with Warren coming out Monday to say Democrats abandoned the common working man on economic matters.

Hillary Clinton said she is taking responsibility for her loss in the 2016 election, but also believed that Russian interference, the FBI and misogyny played a role in the outcome. (5/2/17)