Bill Maher wants Democrats to stop talking about pregnant men

Bill Maher He shared his views on the most important issues of the day for nearly two decades on HBO’s “Real Time.” Now, with the new podcast”random clubComedian-turned-political commentator says: diverse He wants to “light up a joint” and talk about other things, like “gossip, pop culture, music, and what I had for lunch.” So far, Maher has interviewed the likes of Quentin Tarantino, Mike Tyson, Lisa Kudrow, and Aaron Rodgers on the podcast, which debuted in March.

Below, Maher – who has a high infection rate to stir controversy week after week – discusses the fight against America’s “echo chamber”, which he will never have in “real time”, whether he is worried about Donald Trump running for president again and what is considered the biggest problem. Democrats as 2024 approaches.

Is the guest selection process for ‘Club Random’ different from ‘Real Time’? It’s not like the show doesn’t include entertainer characters or athletes, people out of politics.

‘Real time’ does, but I can say we work hard with them because ‘real time’ is probably the hardest task anyone can do, which is why I would say the vast majority of people in the show business avoid it, quite frankly, we avoid them. Not because we don’t like them, just because you should really know what’s going on in the world. And people don’t. Do we have celebrities sometimes? Yes, but not usually on the board. I mean, for example, we had David Duchovny a few weeks ago. David Duchovny, I think, is Yale and Princeton. He’s a really smart guy who writes novels. This is a good example of someone we have in “real time” who is a celebrity, but the vast majority of people aren’t aware of the kind of things we’re going to talk about on this show. “Realtime” is a show that aims to follow and give perspective on the week’s news. You just won’t get that from Carrot Top [laughs]. I don’t know why I always use it as an example. I love him, but he allows me.

How often do people turn down invitations to attend in ‘real time’ because they are either not familiar with politics or they don’t want to go into this discourse?

Not often. I think both sides know what’s best for them. In other words, people who won’t really shine on our show don’t want to do that, and we don’t want anyone who won’t shine. What I’ve learned to do all these years is if you have a big celebrity name it piques the public’s interest, but man, they’ll penalize me for having someone – anyone – who doesn’t keep up with a good conversation. They are watching “Real Time” to have a good conversation. And if someone fails that, they won’t care how old their star is. They hate it, and I hear about it.

How were the conversations with HBO when you said you wanted to start a separate podcast?

I must say they were a little curious at first. I think it took a minute to convince them that this would actually be good for both of us. And it was, because what I kept telling them was, “If you want to have a new audience — and we always do — you have to fish where it isn’t already.” There are people who watch podcasts who never think of going “real time”, especially young people… but they grow up a little bit and get married and have taxes and kids and mortgage and they care about politics a little more, and then they turn to “real time” to get a sense of what’s going on in the scientist. HBO understands that “Club Random” is an entirely different show. I have no agenda when I came here, nor do I work on podcasts the way I do in ‘real time’. I work on it all week. It’s my real job. [With the podcast,] I hardly know who the guest is. Sit down, light a hinge and go.

Have you ever seen yourself ditch the show and just podcast? Or is the end of “real time” not in sight?

It’s not in sight because I have a contract that I just signed… I don’t remember how many more years. But both parties, “Real Time” and HBO, are very happy with what we’re headed for. It’s not like anything else on TV. People see this show as the only place where there is real conversation between parties who aren’t already in their bubble. This country is very tribal, and it’s very hard to find anything anywhere on TV where people don’t really know what the other person is going to say and don’t actually agree with it. It’s just a big echo chamber, and we’ve been fighting that and always have been. I’m happy with what’s happening in ‘real time’. I am not excited about the country. The country is going to hell in a wheelbarrow, but it’s not my job to fix the country. But I will do what I can to comment on what is happening with the state. I just want to keep doing it for as long as they save me.

You’ve had some pretty provocative guests on “Real Time” over the years, like Milo Yiannopoulos and Ann Coulter. Many argue that these people have dangerous opinions, and that it is irresponsible to give them a platform in your platform. How do you respond?

I do not agree with her. Platforms… It’s a form of censorship. It is a form of restriction on freedom of expression. I don’t think we study civics or history anymore. So I don’t think many people, especially the younger generation, understand freedom of speech or why it is so important. What I indulge in is sensitivity and not having to put up with so many moments where they encounter something they haven’t already agreed with, or that makes them uncomfortable. This is not what college should be. This is not what a free press should be. If you don’t like Milo, don’t watch. Or if you do, write him a letter, write him an email to do something. Incidentally, after he was abroad, he did more to damage his career than anything he had done until then. So the people who didn’t like him and didn’t want him to do my show, the joke was kind of on them because he lost his book deal. He lost his tour contract. I have lost everything. It is provocative. There are definitely people I won’t bring [the show]. I’m not going to get someone from the Ku Klux Klan or a Nazi or something. You mentioned Ann Coulter – she’s a tough right-winger. Lots of country loves and listens to Anne Coulter, and she’s not stupid. I don’t read her books exactly. But I know that when we’ve covered her issues in the past, it’s not like she’s not doing research. Sometimes people say to me, “Is she just saying something to be provocative?” I don’t think it is. I think you need to hear all the voices. And if you don’t like these people, just understand that sunlight is the best disinfectant.

So where do you draw the line in terms of who you’ll have in the show?

It is a case by case basis. I don’t know. Sometimes people change. One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter. I should hear the details of who we’re talking about. If it was David Duke, I already know enough about him and wouldn’t even talk to him. Nothing will help or highlight anything. You have to tell me a certain person and then I make up my mind.

What do you think is the biggest problem Democrats face as 2024 approaches?

The biggest problem with Democrats is their wake-up baggage. I think the Democrats could easily win every election if they didn’t do the kind of thing that makes people go, “Oh my God, this is a party that doesn’t make any common sense.” Stop talking about pregnant men and things that make people go, “Who are these damn people? What are they talking about or what are they talking about? Guys don’t get pregnant.” It’s the things that make them so vulnerable because it’s so close to home. Environment is an issue, democracy is an issue, but these are somewhat ambiguous in the minds of many people. [Imitating the average American parent] But when my kids come home from school and they tell me about things going on at school that I don’t agree with, or teachers think their opinion of my child’s life is bigger than I do as a parent… that’s the kind of thing that happens in this country. Things about race, gender, and personal stuff. This is very close to people.

Do you think Trump will win again?

I am definitely very concerned about that. I said right from the start, he would definitely run again. there is no doubt. He did not give up the last elections. Will definitely run again. I can’t imagine, if he wanted the nomination, the Republican Party would reject him, and I could easily see him beating Biden, but that doesn’t matter because even if Biden beats him, which he probably will, Trump will. Never give up. And this time, of course, he put the people who would support his false claim of winning the election. So the flip he tried last time could work better this time around. This is what worries me and what I worry about.

This interview has been summarized for clarity.

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