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Bill Maher is scared: Donald Trump "lives for vengeance"

The comedian, who says, "No one's been meaner to [Trump] than me," worries about retribution


Jeremy Binckes
January 17, 2017 9:49PM (UTC)

To comedian Bill Maher, the prospect of having Donald Trump in the White House isn't funny.

“No one knows what this man is capable of,” Maher told The New York Times in a weekend profile. “I never, ever, ever felt worried — it never crossed my mind — that George Bush would do something crazy, even though I knew he hated me. He never sued me for a joke.”

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There's a difference, according to Maher, between the terrible governing of President George W. Bush and the ruthlessness of Trump, who, he said, "lives for vengeance."

In 2013 Trump sued Maher over a comedy bit in which Maher, playing off Trump's birther crusade against Barack Obama, said that he would pay Trump $5 million to prove that he was not "the spawn of on orangutan having sex with his mother." Trump responded by sending his birth certificate, with the following note: "Attached hereto is a copy of Mr. Trump’s birth certificate, demonstrating that he is the son of Fred Trump, not an orangutan." Then Trump expected Maher to pay up.

Now Trump has the weight of the government at his disposal — as well as a Congress that doesn't seem eager to keep him in check.

“It is a very troubling idea that the F.B.I. is politicized,” Maher told the Times. “When the internal police department is politicized, that’s a place I don’t want to be on the wrong side of — I mean, that’s fascism.”

But Maher is an equal-opportunity offender and he believes some liberals are not exactly welcoming other types of people to get on board the anti-Trump bandwagon. He pointed to Meryl Streep's speech during the Golden Globes earlier this month.

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“It looks very insular,” he said of Streep's speech. “Just the liberals talking to themselves, which they are very good at doing.”

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Jeremy Binckes

Jeremy Binckes is the senior news editor at Salon.com.

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