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Bill Maher: Governors Newsom, Whitmer Are Running ‘Shadow Campaign’ For President

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Liberal comedian Bill Maher laughed at California Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom this week for running what is widely viewed by many as a “shadow campaign” for president.

Maher made the remarks during his HBO show “Real Time” on Friday while talking with Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN), who recently entered the Democratic presidential primary race against President Joe Biden.

“I endorsed the idea,” Maher told Phillips in reference to him entering the race to challenge Biden, “because I did an editorial a couple weeks ago calling [Biden] Ruth Bader Biden. And look, we both struggle with the same thing. We like Joe Biden, right? And we think he’s done a good job. Ruth Bader Ginsburg did a good job and did not know when to quit, and that’s why you’re here.”

“And it’s not like others are doing this in a — sort of a — shadow campaign,” Maher chuckled. “I mean, Gavin Newsom, our governor, seems to be all over the world.”

“You know, they’re going to the battleground states in the primary — they’re really doing it, but I feel like at least you are honest, and you’re saying, ‘No, I’m gonna do it.’ Just do it.”

Phillips said that he tried to encourage Michigan Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer to primary Biden, but his attempts were unsuccessful.

“And she’s one of those who’s running a shadow campaign,” Maher fired back.

“Everybody’s waiting until 2028,” Phillips said. “And I’m making the contention to all of you tonight that I’m not sure that we will have a 2028 election in the way that we expect to happen if the inevitable happens and it is President Biden against Donald Trump. I mean, the numbers are astounding everybody. If we don’t start to acknowledge that — there’s this bizarre and very dangerous culture of silence in Washington, in certain political-industrial complex circles, that is dangerous — I mean, dangerous. And we’re putting blinders on. It’ll make 2016 look like a joyful year.”

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