Bill Maher and Donald Trump often find themselves on opposite sides of the political spectrum.
One look at the history between the liberal commentator and the GOP frontrunner for the 2016 presidential nomination proves there is no love lost.
As Maher noted in a recent episode of Real Time on HBO, Trump even “sued me last year,” adding that he is “the most thin-skinned person in the world.”
That being said, Maher actually likes Donald Trump’s chances of winning the Republican nomination and, possibly, even the White House, drawing comparisons to how people dismissed “that actor Ronald Reagan.”
Reagan, of course, went on to become a widely popular two-term President, who in 2011 was voted “the greatest U.S. President of all time” in a poll from Gallup.
Placing Trump right alongside Reagan was complimentary in itself — though Bill Maher did not intend for it to be — but it’s what he said about Fox News that really got people talking.
“I hear a lot of people say, ‘It’s just a bubble. It’s going to go away, just the way Herman Cain and Michelle Bachmann and all these people did.’ … For all those people who say Donald Trump could not go all the way, I don’t think they’re right. They didn’t think he would get this far…. Fox tried to put a stake in him [at Thursday’s GOP debate], and I don’t think they did.”
While Maher made light of what he views to be Trump’s lack of specifics in the policy department, this isn’t the first time he’s given his foe praise.
In an interview with the Charleston Post and Courier, Bill Maher had this to say about Trump.
“Even though I don’t agree with everything Donald Trump says by far, it is sort of refreshing to have a politician who isn’t always walking everything back and who isn’t completely pre-programmed. That’s his genius, he doesn’t apologize for anything. He’s the king of brushing things off his shoulder. And this is what’s attractive about him, I have to say, as somebody who did a show called Politically Incorrect, who was always being criticized for speaking too honestly.”
The comedian also called Trump “the anti-Mitt Romney,” but still said he thinks it will be tough to beat Hillary Clinton.
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[Image of Bill Maher via Real Time screen grab c/o Mediaite]