Discussing the maturity of modern American teenagers as one theme in Sasse’s new book “The Vanishing American Adult,” Maher noted that grown adults put lots of effort into dressing up for Halloween in his home state of California. The host then asked Sasse if people do the same in the Cornhusker State.
“It’s frowned upon. We don’t do that quite as much,” Sasse said.
“I’ve got to get to Nebraska more,” Maher replied.
“You’re welcome. We’d love to have you work in the fields with us,” said Sasse.
“Work in the fields? Senator, I’m a house n–ga,” Maher said.
“No, it’s a joke,” Maher said.
“Here’s what I wish I’d been quick enough to say in the moment,” Sasse tweeted early on Saturday morning. “’Hold up, why would you think it’s OK to use that word? The history of the n-word is an attack on universal human dignity. It’s therefore an attack on the American Creed. Don’t use it.'”
In another tweet, the junior Senator said “The history of the n-word is an attack on universal human dignity.”
“…The history of the n-word is an attack on universal human dignity. It’s therefore an attack on the American Creed. Don’t use it.” https://t.co/kEZm5vPFHK
— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) June 3, 2017
Social media from the left and right was not amused.
— deray mckesson (@deray) June 3, 2017
The one black person in the studio audience after Bill Maher said the N-Word on his show pic.twitter.com/W6zWjKAXTj
— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) June 3, 2017
Bill Maher must be fired immediately for his racism and belittling the struggle of millions of black Americans
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) June 3, 2017
*looks at twitter* ah i see bill maher was upset that kathy griffin was getting all the attention
— andy levy (@andylevy) June 3, 2017
Bill Maher, not a racist.
Kathy Griffin, not a victim.
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) June 3, 2017
Maher was fired from his ABC program “Politically Incorrect” in 2001 after causing outrage for what appeared to be praise for the 9/11 hijackers.
“We have been the cowards, lobbing cruise missiles from 2,000 miles away,” he said at the time.
“That’s cowardly. Staying in the airplane when it hits the building, say what you want about it, it’s not cowardly.”
Maher’s went to HBO to do a similar program in the form of “Real Time” in 2003.