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In a new piece, Bill Maher opines on why Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have risen so quickly in the 2016 presidential campaign. 

He argued that the support for both candidates stems from an overall frustration by Americans with politics as usual and with the need for political correctness.

Maher said in the Hollywood Reporter essay that the left and right both want "radical change" from the status quo. 

Donald Trump, on the other hand, obviously says whatever flies into his head — there are Tourette's patients with more control — and people like it. Americans have been choking on political correctness and overly careful politicians for the last generation or two and are sick of it. Remember Mitt Romney? He used to say in stump speeches that he loves Michigan because "the trees are the right height." The trees are the right height?

Maher went on to refer to Hillary Clinton as a "Charlie Brown figure" who really could lose to a socialist opponent because of the mood of the electorate. 

She's particularly hard to watch as a candidate. (That laugh.) Yes, the hard truth is that Hillary Clinton is a terrible campaigner who is living in a different era.

He said that Sanders is "more exciting" to voters, while Clinton comes off as "inauthentic" and is seen as an old-fashioned politician.

You can read the full piece, here, and see more of Maher's thoughts above on "Jimmy Kimmel Live."


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