The results of the 2016 presidential election still have millions of Americans in shock and awe, with many devastated over #Donald Trump's election win. For comedian #Bill Maher, he has his sights set on the future.
Maher on 2020
Through the entire election cycle, no one really thought that Donald Trump would become the new commander in chief. Even after locking up the Republican primary last summer and gaining steam in the fall, the idea that the former host of "The Apprentice" could be the new leader of the free world was too much for people to handle. Despite this, Trump found a way to pull off the upset and be responsible for one of the most historic, and controversial, election wins in recent history. After just two months in the White House, critics of the president are looking at who could potentially challenge him in 2020. As seen during the March 17 edition of "Overtime with Bill Maher" on YouTube, Bill Maher has a name in mind.
(Maher's comments start at 2:45 in the above video.)
Following Friday night's episode of "Real Time with Bil Maher," the show shifted over to their "Overtime" segment on YouTube. While speaking to panel guests Andrew Sullivan, retired Rep. Barney Frank, and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Maher made his case for who the next Democratic presidential nominee should be. "Who is going to be the Democratic candidate in 2020? Maher asked, while adding, "we cannot f**k this up."
"We can't live under the illusion that the electorate is going to go for somebody who isn’t charismatic, okay and a great salesman," Bill Maher explained. "I know a guy," he said, before listing current Lt. Governor of California Gavin Newsom. "This guy should be president. He can win," Maher predicted. "He's going to be governor in 2018, and I know that's a short time to be governor before a four-year run, I don't give a f**k," he noted.
While it's unknown who will be in the running to challenge Donald Trump in 2020, the #Democratic Party will first have to regain seats in the 2018 midterm election. With Republicans in majority-control of the House of Representatives and the Senate, the Democrats will have to pull out all the stops to tip the balance of power in Washington.