Bill Maher offered a tip to Republicans on his HBO show “Real Time with Bill Maher” Friday night, telling them that if they really want to reach millennials they need to put down the guns and pick up a joint.
During his “New Rule” segment, Maher showed a picture of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, hunting for pheasant in Iowa with Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa.
“Someone has to tell me how a guy as useless and hateful as Ted Cruz can perform an act as pointless and cruel as hunting and still look like he’s faking it,” he said.
Cruz and King posed for a number of photos during the trip with their rifles slung over their shoulders.
“If he’s not digging this who is it for?” Maher asked.
“And why, Ted? Why?” he continued. “You’ve already proved your total dominion over creatures with brains the size of walnuts. After all, you’re the leader of the Tea Party!”
“I had the same reaction to John Kerry in this get-up as I did to Ted Cruz, and that reaction was ‘What a Dick’,” he said. “Like many Americans this picture makes me less likely to vote for you.”
Hunting isn’t popular, Maher said.
“Only six percent of Americans now hunt,” he pointed out.
Maher said the GOP will fail to reach young Americans, women, and Hispanics, if they keep taking publicity pictures with rifles.
“Hunting is not really the way to do it,” he said. “Millennialis do not want to get up at 4 a.m. to sit and wait for a moose to walk by. If they want to kill something, there’s an Xbox right downstairs.”
“If conservatives want to broaden their based,” he concluded, “they shouldn’t be pandering to hunters. They should be pandering to stoners.”
According to a Gallup poll released in October, approval of marijuana is the highest it has ever been in the U.S. with 58 percent of Americans supporting legalization.
“The new American voter isn’t some old coot shooting at some food, it’s a young Latino lesbian who smoked a boatload of dope,” Maher said.
“If Republicans want to pass the torch to the next generation, they need to pass the torch to the next generation,” he quipped.