“Real Time” host Bill Maher ended his final show of the year by challenging Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., to appear on a future telecast.
During his closing monologue, Maher attempted to point Democrats in the “right direction” following their devastating defeats in the November elections ahead of the 2022 midterms.
He cited commentary from veteran Democratic strategist James Carville, who blamed his party’s losses on “stupid wokeness,” a view that Ocasio-Cortez rejected, claiming the term is “almost exclusively used by older people these days … so that should tell you all you need to know.”
“What?!” Maher reacted. “This is a term folks like you brought out very recently, had been proudly displaying it every march since. Just last year, The Guardian declared ‘woke’ the ‘word of our era.’ I guess they didn’t get the memo from the Mean Girls Club.
“What a great strategy, never missing an opportunity to remind voters how lame and clueless and hopelessly cool they are, especially since those are the ones who actually vote,” Maher scolded Ocasio-Cortez. “But OK, fine. What word would you like us to use for the plainly insane excesses of the left that are not liberalism but something completely different? Because you can’t have that word ‘liberal’ from us and think it should cover things like canceling Lincoln. And teaching third-graders they’re oppressors. That’s all your new-think.”
The HBO star suggested the “more pertinent question” to ask is why the term “woke” went from being a “rallying cry to a pejorative.”
“If the word only made you think of rational, deserved causes like teaching a less whitewashed version of American history, AOC would still want to own it. But it’s a joke because it makes you think of people who wake up offended and take orders from Twitter. And their oversensitivity has grown tiresome,” Maher said.
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