Must-see morning clip: Maher tells Trump to "suck it up"

Donald Trump sued Bill Maher for $5 million after proving that he is not the son of an orangutan

By Jillian Rayfield

Published February 10, 2013 3:02PM (EST)


Bill Maher responded to Donald Trump's $5 million "orangutan" lawsuit on "Real Time" on Saturday, telling Trump "suck it up," and noting that jokes on comedy shows are not typically legally binding contracts.

The kerfuffle between Trump and Maher started shortly after Trump announced that he would give $5 million to charity if Obama provided his school records. Maher joked on "The Tonight Show" that Trump should prove that he wasn't the child of an orangutan. Trump, for some reason, did, and his lawyer sent Maher a copy of the birth certificate. “Attached hereto is a copy of Mr. Trump’s birth certificate, demonstrating that he is the son of Fred Trump, not an orangutan," his lawyer wrote.

When Maher didn't pay up, Trump sued. “He promised me $5 million for charity if I provided certain information,” he said on “Fox & Friends.” “Well I provided the information. He didn’t pay. So today I sue Bill Maher for $5 million for charity.”

In response, Maher addressed Trump on his show. "This is known as 'parody,' and it's a form of something we in the comedy business call a joke," he said. "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!"


Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at

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