On Friday night, Bill Maher dedicated his latest “New Rule” to the Democratic Party, who he urged to “grow a pair.”

The Real Time host was riffing on the news that the Democratic National Committee had rejected Fox News as host of a 2020 primary debate, owing to a bombshell New Yorker investigation by Jane Mayer that revealed the uncomfortably (and unprecedentedly) close ties between the Trump White House and Fox News, which one expert said is “the closest we’ve come to having state TV,” as well as how candidate Trump was fed questions by a source at Fox prior to a debate.

“Last week, the Democrats made a terrible decision when they announced that they had turned down Fox News’ offer to host one of their 2020 primary debates, saying Fox was nothing more than propaganda,” said Maher. “OK, so why not go on Fox News and tell them that! You want to be in the big leagues but you refuse to ever play an away game? You don’t like the questions that Fox News might ask, so you’re deciding to not take any questions at all? How very Trump of you!”  

“This is a fundamental problem with the Democratic Party: they look weak, running from a fight when they should be throwing punches,” he continued. “Republicans never shy away from coming on this show, and they come with a smile on their face despite knowing that the only people in the crowd cheering them on are the three campaign aides they brought with them.”

Maher, of course, neglected to mention that Trump being fed debate questions—as well as his administration’s close ties to Fox News—puts the trustworthiness of a Fox News-hosted debate in serious doubt, or that the Republican National Committee rejected left-leaning MSNBC as a debate host in 2016 not because of any suspected foul play, but because they simply didn’t like the questions their candidates were being asked. He also seemed to forget his whole spiel just last week, where he claimed that Fox News “is basically running our government.”

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