Bill Maher blames the last 20 years of living in a politically correct country for the rise of Donald Trump.
In a recent interview with Variety, the comedian talked about how the Republican front-runner’s changed what candidates running for office can say.
“I think what he has changed is the idea of political incorrectness being a third rail,” Maher said. “That is different. All of us thought that he would be out as soon as he said that thing about John McCain not being a war hero. We thought, well, this is the end of him.”
“And then he said Carly Fiorina was too ugly to be president,” Maher adds. “And he said Megyn Kelly was having her period. And he made fun of a guy with cerebral palsy. I mean, what does this guy have to do to get people to turn off to him?”
He then blamed Trump’s rise on the fact that since the 1990s Americans have been stifled and felt they couldn’t say anything for fear they would be labeled politically incorrect.
“And I have always attributed that to the fact that America has been choking on political correctness for 20 years or more,” he said. “I mean back in ’93 is when I started a show called ‘Politically Incorrect’ because I was sick of it way back then and it hasn’t gotten better since. So I think America just really embraced the idea of somebody who doesn’t walk back every thing he says that makes someone somewhere in America uncomfortable.”