After playing a clip from a campaign ad in which Lamb distanced himself from the House minority leader, Maher said, “So this was a special election to replace a Republican who was staunchly pro-life but got caught pressuring his mistress to have an abortion and the Democrats let it become a referendum on Nancy Pelosi?” Instead, he said Lamb’s message should have been, “Democrats support abortion—so do Republicans when they need one for their girlfriend.”

“Learn the lesson that’s staring you in the face every day in the person of Donald Trump,” he added later. “Voters don’t care about how smart you are. Just don’t be a pussy.”

It was a similar argument to the one Maher made after Democrat Jon Ossoff lost to Republican Karen Handel in a special election in Georgia. “There’s this fake debate, I think, about ‘should the Democrats move left or right.’ It’s not that,” he said at the time. “It’s about how you fight. Have some balls.”