During Friday night’s panel discussion on the show, Maher claimed he doesn’t believe “in reality” that immigration is a top issue in the U.S. but noted that Trump won in 2016 with his campaign promise surrounding immigration, according to Fox News.
“If it becomes a ‘woke’ contest, then the Democrats lose on this,” Maher said. “Yes, they look better, but it’s impossible not to look better next to him!”
When a panelist who served in the State Department during the Obama-era, Wendy Sherman, slammed Trump’s immigration push, saying he “created this immigration crisis” when he cut foreign aid to three Central America countries, Maher responded that Democrats need to reach further than pleasing only Democrats on immigration.
“This is what Democrats say, which only gets other Democrats,” Maher said. “This is not the speech that is going to win any [swing] voters. You’ve [already] got the compassion vote!”
The topic of immigration continues to circulate throughout Washington, D.C.
However, with the long list of 18 Democratic candidates running in the 2020 presidential election, several have expressed their stance on immigration while taking a jab at the president in the process.
However, as IJR Red reported, during a campaign stop on April 4, he pushed the topic of immigration by comparing Trump to the Third Reich. He was called out for falsely claiming the president labeled asylum seekers “animals,” a name Trump previously used for MS-13 gang members.
2020 hopeful Julián Castro called out Trump’s “cruel” immigration policies when he unveiled his “People First” immigration plan to “decriminalize” illegal immigration and give millions of immigrants a pathway to citizenship, as IJR Red reported.
“Great idea Castro, way to look out for American citizens,” Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) joked in response. “Sigh.”
On Tuesday during a CNN town hall, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) touted a “very strong record on immigration” and said if elected, she’d pass comprehensive immigration reform — but her comments didn’t fall short of criticizing the president, as IJR Red reported.
“For people who aspire to be president, I think it’s really important that you’re able to admit when you’re wrong and that you’re able to grow and learn and listen and be better and be stronger,” she said. “That is something that Donald Trump is unwilling to do.”
“Democrats need to say more than Trump is cruel and Trump has failed,” America’s Voice founder and executive director Frank Sharry said, according to CBS News. “Both of those are true and what voters in the Democratic primary electorate and in the general public really want to hear is what are we going to do about it.”