The accusation arose after Brazile repeatedly and intentionally mispronounced the name of 2024 GOP presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy during a segment discussing potential dropouts from the Republican primary.
The discussion, which also featured Adam Kinzinger, focused on predictions about which candidates might withdraw from the race. Kinzinger speculated that Ron DeSantis might be the next to bow out, citing a collapse in his campaign.
Brazile added her thoughts, mentioning other Republican figures like North Dakota Governor Ron Burgum and Asa Hutchinson, before turning her attention to Ramaswamy.
Brazile mockingly mispronounced Ramaswamy's name several times and suggested that he should "just shut the hell up and go home." Kinzinger chimed in with a dismissive comment about Ramaswamy.
Maher corrected Brazile on the pronunciation of Ramaswamy's name and questioned her about making similar comments about other ethnicities. Brazile attempted to continue the joke, further mispronouncing Ramaswamy's name, which led Maher to directly address the issue of racism.
"I just feel like there's something wrong with everybody refusing to learn to say his name. I just feel there's a little racism there. I know we don't like him, but just say his name, right?" Maher said.
The exchange between Maher and Brazile highlighted the importance of respecting individuals' names and avoiding racial insensitivity. The incident sparked a conversation about the need for cultural understanding and the potential harm caused by mocking someone's name.