During his opening monologue on Friday's edition of Real Time, host Bill Maher weighed in on Governor Matt Bevin's refusal to concede; dismissing Bevin's concerns about "irregularities" by sarcastically agreeing with him: "there were reports of black people who have been screwed out of their voting rights voting anyway." Later in the show, Maher discussed the election results from Tuesday night with his panel. He began by talking about Virginia and how "six months ago, they wanted to drum out the governor, a lot of Democrats were calling for this at the time because there were pictures of him in his yearbook in the 80s wearing black face." According to Maher, "white voters in Virginia wanted him out more than black voters because black voters don't have that kind of luxury, they want the person who's going to actually do things that will help them." Maher's statement came across as a backhanded way of calling Republicans racist; implying that they do not do things that help black people. Maher proceeded to cheerlead about the Democrats taking control of the Virginia legislature and the new progressive legislation that will likely pass because of the election results, declaring "this was worth it. This was worth a little black face, right?" Later, Maher reverted back to discussing the election results in Kentucky, describing Bevin's refusal to concede as "a dry run for what's going to happen about a year from now" and predicting that Trump will operate from the same "playbook" if he loses. At this point, Maher unveiled a theory that he has shared multiple times on the show: "if you think this is going to get better in 2020, do you really think that if Trump loses...he's just going to leave a scented note for Mayor Pete? He's not leaving."