Bill Maher is clearly not a fan of any GOP presidential candidate, and on Real Time, he was able to dissect the specific reason why they’re not connecting with him, or a large section of moderate voters. The GOP has an “empathy gap,” and as Maher says, their hypocritical stance on immigration is debasing their entire hardline platforms.
John Kasich is proud that his family immigrated to the US. So is Ted Cruz, whose father came to the country barely being able to speak English. Marco Rubio’s parents were also immigrants who could barely speak English when they entered the country, and yet they’re seemingly trying their hardest to turn the tables on the country that allowed their very family to settle and have their sons eventually run for President of the United States.
As Maher said:
“The Republicans all talk about building walls and deportation and making people learn English — and then, John Kasich: ‘My grandmother was an immigrant who could barely speak English.’ Ted Cruz: ‘My father was an immigrant from Cuba who didn’t speak English.’ Marco Rubio: ‘My parents arrived with no money barely speaking English.’”
Maher and his panel go on to discuss the politics of love versus the politics of hate, and how the country and its candidates are clearly divided between the two camps. It could go back to the “empathy gap” and the fact that certain candidates can’t understand the problems some people go through until it happens to them:
“Likewise, Jeb Bush has been very compassionate about Mexican immigrants, because he married one. Jeb also had a fairly enlightened policy on drugs because his daughter had a serious problem with cocaine.”