Bill Maher has responded to Donald Trump’s lawsuit and, as was to be expected, the comedian has no intention of paying up.
The whole incident began after Maher went on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and said that he would donate $5 million to charity if the real-estate mogul could prove that he wasn’t the result of his mother having sex with an orangutan. The offer was, of course, in response to Trump’s offer to donate $5 million to charity if President Obama provided a copy of his college transcript.
“Because a black guy getting into college? Something fishy here,” Maher said.
Trump quickly provided his birth certificate, but Maher has yet to make his donation. “The Donald” then filed a $5 million lawsuit against the Real Time host for breach of contract.
But there was no contract for him to breach, according to Maher. The offer was made as “parody. And it’s a form of something we in the comedy business call a joke,” Maher said.
He added, “Now public figures, of course, don’t like everything that’s said about them. But that’s how we roll here in America. Just like we’re the gun country, we’re the joke country. We love our free speech, and we love celebrities getting taken down a peg. So Don, just suck it up like everybody else.”
Maher then showed a letter that Trump’s lawyer sent that read, “Attached hereto is a copy of Mr. Trump’s birth certificate, demonstrating that he is the son of Fred Trump, and not an orangutan.” Maher quipped, “Do these morons even know it’s impossible for people and apes to produce offspring?”
“And don’t forget, this is not a libel case. No, no,” Maher continued. “They seem to be trying to set a bold new precedent that jokes on late-night talk shows are now legally binding agreements between the comedian and the person they’re making fun of.”
Maher continued, “The legal system in this country, it’s not a joke. It’s not a toy for rich idiots to play with.”
You can watch the clip of Bill Maher responding to Donald Trump’s lawsuit below.
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