Political correctness is getting “worse every year,” and CNN’s recent firing of pro-Trump analyst Jeffrey Lord is a prime example of that trend, comedian Bill Maher said in an interview that aired Sunday on CNN.
“It’s getting worse. I don’t know how long I’m going to last. Really, I mean, it’s worse every year. The things that they go after people for now,” Maher told Fareed Zakaria.
The HBO host was discussing the role that political correctness has played in paving the way for a Trump presidency.
“What they love about him is he’s politically incorrect,” Maher said of Trump’s supporters.
“Even though they know that he’s bad in a lot of ways, they would rather be on his team than those insufferable people on the left. That’s what they think.”
Notably, the interview was taped before Saturday’s white nationalist protest in Charlottesville, Va. One woman was killed after a 20-year-old man who was affiliated with racist groups plowed his car into a group of counter-protesters.
In their interview, Zakaria asked Maher about what he said was a certain kind of “Puritanism” and censorship prevalent on the left.
That’s when Maher mused about how long he can last in show business given his anti-PC posture. Maher, a liberal who is heavily critical of Trump, has been criticized from the left and right over controversial comments he’s made throughout his TV career.
Conservatives have accused him of sexism for making derogatory comments about former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. He’s been accused of Islamophobia for criticizing radical Islam. And earlier this year, he was skewered for using the N-word during one of his shows.
Maher pointed to CNN’s decision on Thursday to fire Trump loyalist Jeffrey Lord over a tweet as an example of PC run amok.
“Your colleague, I don’t agree with him, Jeffrey Lord, CNN got rid of him because he said ‘Sieg Heil’ on a tweet. It was a joke. This has got to stop, this idea of people have to go away if they’ve offended me even for one moment. How about just move on, turn the page, go to the next thing in your life,” said Maher.
Maher attributed the rise of political correctness to parenting.
“This idea that you cannot suffer one moment of pain, this comes I think from bad parenting,” said Maher, also asserting that there is an “alarming number of millennials who really don’t even believe in free speech.”