After the 2016 election, a number of the smarter Democrats were in a reflective mood and began asking important questions like “How did we misread the national mood so badly” and “How did we screw up so badly as to lose a sure-thing election?”
Had the Democrats collectively followed that line of inquiry, they’d have turned their scrutiny on the Clinton campaign, the media, and social justice warriors, all of whom created the conditions for Trump to win 2016 despite an unprecedented campaign to stop him.
That never ended up happening, in part because it was much easier for the Democrats to dream up a conspiracy theory about Putin changing peoples’ votes. The Democrats who pleaded with their comrades not to go down the anti-Trump rabbit hole of hysteria were ignored.
Bill Maher is now acting similarly to those Democrats on the question of censorship, and will also be ignored:
Liberal comedian Bill Maher defended InfoWars host Alex Jones on Friday’s episode of Real Time with Bill Maher, arguing that self-described liberals should be in favor of free speech as it is a core American value.
Discussing Jones’ removal from social media platforms including Facebook, YouTube, Spotify, and others, Maher appeared to disagree with his audience and fellow panelists about whether censoring him was a step in the right direction.
“I’m going to talk about free speech for a minute because Alex Jones, who is not my friend, who tells crazy lies about me, is thrown off Twitter, I think, and Facebook and a few other platforms,” Maher said, prompting applause from the audience.
“Well, if you’re a liberal, you’re supposed to be for free speech,” Maher contended. “That’s free speech for the speech you hate. That’s what free speech means.”
“We’re losing the thread of the concepts that are important to this country,” he continued. “Either you care about the real American shit or you don’t. And if you do, it goes for every side. I don’t like Alex Jones, but Alex Jones gets to speak. Everybody gets to speak.”
When the blowback from this comes – and it will, inevitably, come – the Democrats will probably do what they did and find some shadowy third party to blame instead of doing the badly needed self-reflection they need to get their party back on track. Social justice warriors, like most religious fanatics, aren’t exactly great at self-criticism.