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Bill Maher: 'I Like Hillary, But Not as Much as Bernie'

Late-night pundit and ultra-liberal Bill Maher is tossing Hillary Clinton under the campaign bus and backing Bernie Sanders, who won the New Hampshire primary by a 21% margin.

"I actually like Hillary," the Real Time host writes at hollywoodreporter.com. "I think she's unfairly demonized and has been for her entire career. I personally don't think she's dishonest. And yet the hatred for her is just amazing – the hatred on the right and the abandonment on the left. She's particularly hard to watch as a candidate. Yes, the hard truth is that Hillary Clinton is a terrible campaigner who is living in a different era."

Last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Maher declared: "I like Hillary, but not as much as Bernie."

He explained at length why he's switched his support from Clinton to Sanders:

'We've never had a true leftist in my lifetime. He's putting things on the table no one ever put on the table before. Is he going to win the South? Probably not. He's a socialist Jew who's a hundred.. But people have never seen this product before. He's saying we could be more like a European democracy where you pay a little more taxes, but look what you get – free college, free health care, go after the banks. This stuff has never been on the table. We'll see what happens. I think he deserves, from what he's done so far, to at least get the benefit of the doubt.'

Maher adds in his Hollywood Reporter essay: "Bernie Sanders is the Occupy movement now come to life in the political arena."

Steve Bloom

Steve Bloom

Publisher of CelebStoner.com, former editor of High Times and Freedom Leaf and co-author of Pot Culture and Reefer Movie Madness.