Bill Maher on Donald Trump’s $5m lawsuit against him (funny video)

Bill Maher apparently joked that Donald Trump was the son of an orangutan (since he’s all orange), and that he’d give $5m to charity if Trump could prove he wasn’t the child of an ape.

Trump’s lawyer sent Maher a copy of Trump’s birth certificate (actually it was only the “short form,” as Maher points out) along with a letter stating categorically that Trump was not birthed from an orangutan (Trump actually had his lawyer write that), and is demanding that Maher put up the $5m. So Trump is now suing Maher.

This is the Republican party’s best and brightest. They file lawsuits over jokes about them being born to orangutan’s.  I hope the judge forces Trump to pay Maher’s legal costs.  Trump’s lawyers should be ashamed of themselves.  As should the Republican party.  Their embrace of crazy really needs to stop.


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  • horseradish

    bill maher is such a piece of shit

  • Charlie Oxford UK

    As mankind shares over 98% of DNA with Orangutangs, somewhere down the line Donny and Clyde share the same forefather. Bill just missed the fore bit. And Donald going ‘ape’ adds further credence. As for the lawyers why is it that 99% give the rest a bad name?

  • http://www.facebook.com/stephen.grimsley Stephen Grimsley

    I think Maher is a bumbling idiot. It became a contract when he offered to pay if he could prove. Trump just called his bluff and I think he should pay. After all it will go to some very deserving charities. Perhaps next time he will think before he speaks. That is something you learn as a child and apparently he missed that day at school. Bunch of liberal tools. I dont have too much respect for Trump but a bet is a bet. Maher lost and needs to pay. In the state of Virginia a verbal statement is admissable in court. Demokrauts and friggan Republicans. Both are a bunch of looser sheep wandering the countryside. They are a joke.

  • Sanity1

    This is the most hilarious skit I have ever seen…good job Donald,… LMAO

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Sorry, interesting notions, but the law just doesn’t work that way. I could say right here, “If Donald Trump sends me his birth certificate, I’ll give $5m to charity” — and that does not in any way equal a binding contract. No judge would enforce such an assertion on my part, no collections agency would come knocking on my door to ask me for money I do not have. I could even say, “I will give you, Mr. Guest, $10. I promise. Just because.” — and you have no legal right to collect because there is no written contract involved.

    People are free to say all kinds of things that are utterly unenforceable as a public contract.

  • Guest

    The only defense I see is humor, which imo is rock solid, but humor can always be iffy.

    I do not believe the alleged contract can be struck down for lack of consideration though, because it is a promise of money in consideration for proof of birth (or similar). Providing proof passes the legal detriment test, because Trump had no preexisting duty to provide any. Same way Obama could have in theory enforced Trump’s offer of 5m if he released his college records, but in that case the offer couldn’t reasonably be thought of as a joke.

  • Guest

    The only defense I see is humor, which imo is rock solid, but humor can always be iffy.

    I do not believe the alleged contract can be struck down for lack of consideration though, because it is a promise of money in consideration for proof of birth (or similar). Providing proof passes the legal detriment test, because Trump had no preexisting duty to provide any. Same way Obama could have in theory enforced Trump’s offer of 5m if he released his college records, but in that case the offer couldn’t reasonably be thought of as a joke.

  • http://twitter.com/conkal1 Con kal

    I hope it’s the end of Bill Maher.

  • dan

    you of little intellect…get out of this forum. you don’t belong.

  • Daxidel

    Its not a valid contract, since Mahar obviously didnt mean it. It ends there.

  • Daxidel

    “Re: ” the statement that Pubs embrace crazy, has anyone considered the sad possibility that the Donald really is crazy? I dont know though how they would characterize this particular mental illness, but he is acting more and more erratic. Didn’t his kids try to give him an intervention last year, saying he was causing ridicule to the Trump name?

  • NorthAlabama

    i agree this is a frivolous suit, outside the media attention donald trump wished to gain and seems to need on an almost constant basis, positive or negative…what a huge out of touch ego that man has.

    i simply hate that bill maher gave this any more attention that it received when we all laughed it off last week.

    “The truth will set you free. But not until it is finished with you.” – David Foster Wallace

  • George

    Hey stupid. Can you be anymore unoriginal then that. You must be having an affair with Donald Trump. You definitely have the same personality. Keep your orangutan love affairs to yourself. LMAO

  • jay

    Oh please get real. First of all if you had half a brain you would know that that technology was not around in 1946 when bill was born. Secondly, what your talking about isn’t breeding animals with humans that is not possible. It’s integrating human cells with animals not an entire embryo. Your stupid article says that scientist are doing it for the hell of it and fails to conclude that they are doing it to cure diseases and save lives. There new meds now that help out people who suffer from liver disease, Diabetes, and preventing colon cancer. What they have fused with animals are human organs from cadavars, Blood, the nucleus of a human unfertilized with that of a cow, and so on. There fusing cat and human cells to find a cure for people who are deathly arllergic to cats. So if you believe in this ridiculous cause then through out your medicine and if you get sick, or end up with cancer. Don’t go to the doctor or hospital. Pray.

  • BlueIdaho

    The Donald must have a new season of celebrity apprentice coming up. He does this shit only to get free publicity. It’s incredible the media still plays his stupid games.

  • Little Red Riding Hood

    The court looks to the objective, outward expression of a person and not to their secret and unexpressed subjective intent. The test is whether a reasonable person would conclude that the party’s words and actions constituted an offer. (Lucy v. Zehmer). Thus an offer made in jest had no legal effect. Also, California’s sanction statute, CCP
    128.7, states:

    “By presenting to the court, whether
    by signing, filing, submitting, or later advocating, a pleading, petition,
    written notice of motion, or other similar paper, an attorney or unrepresented
    party is certifying that to the best of the person’s knowledge, information,
    and belief, formed after an inquiry reasonable under the circumstances, all of
    the following conditions are met:

    (1)It is not being presented
    primarily for an improper purpose, such as to harass or to cause unnecessary
    delay or needless increase in the cost of litigation.

    (2)The claims, defenses, and other
    legal contentions therein are warranted by existing law or by a nonfrivolous
    argument for the extension, modification, or reversal of existing law or the
    establishment of new law.”

    If I were the judge who missed my tee time to hear this BS I would be pissed.

  • pappyvet

    The Donald must be bankrupt again

  • Kalil Chernov

    Bill Maher should not joke so lightly about the “impossibility” of man breeding with ape. The threat is very real. Just ask George Bush, or the Mississippi state legislature:
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/02/06/1184593/-Mississippi-on-forefront-of-banning-animal-human-hybrids

  • George Melby

    Trump should be thankful that even the animal kingdom would have anything to do with his kind. This man-ape is ugly as sin, hair or no hair! Yay for the Ape world!

  • whateverhappentocommonsense

    hey Maher, put your $$$ where your “big” mouth is (put up or shut the “hell” up) you chimpanzee LOL!!!…

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    There is no question. It was just something Maher said on TV. Not a contract.

    I hope the judge throws the book at Trump for wasting the court’s time.

  • Karla Kwist

    Just because a fathers name is on a birth certificate does not mean its the actual genetic father. That is just what is stated. A DNA test needs to be done.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kurt.steinbach Kurt David Steinbach

    Trump also rejected the long form of President Obama’s Birth Certificate from the state of Hawaii. he and his cadre have summarily rejected every birth certificate from President Obama as forgeries. Obama was never obligated in anyway, shape, or form to provide any sort of such documentation to the Birther Movement, or to anyone other than Federal Election officials whom were satisfied with his American Citizenship status before the 2008 election. Trump is the joke here.

  • Snarki, child of Loki

    I demand DNA tests!

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Discovery promises to be hilarious.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    According to the Defamation of Road Kill Society Trump can be sued for cruel and unusual treatment of a rug.

  • Naja pallida

    Not to mention, if we assume he was fathered by an orangutan, wouldn’t he have automatically faked his documentation to prove otherwise, so he didn’t end up in a zoo or lab some place? So shouldn’t he have to prove his birth certificate wasn’t faked, or prove that his mother and adopted father didn’t just put down a name to hide the shame?

    Up until around the 1950s, birth certificates were remarkably random in what information they had, or even what information they left out. In my research I’ve come across many birth registrations that don’t mention a father at all, or some that just list the current husband of the woman who gave birth, even if it was known that he was not the biological father. Since Trump was born before that time, who knows what they may have actually entered into his registration of birth. He should have to find the person who accepted and approved the registration document to serve as a witness.

  • Guest

    I don’t think it’s a contract case at all. Proving that Donald Trump is a human being is an undertaking manifestly impossible of performance.

  • FatRat

    I’m still waiting for Bill Posey to sue Colbert for the remarks about his grandmother’s sexual congress with a gator. LMAO!!! http://videosift.com/video/Colbert-Report-Posey-s-Grandmother-Had-Sex-w-an-Alligator

    http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/225628/april-23-2009/illegitimate-grandson-of-an-alligator COLBERT: I am demanding a DNA test to determine whether Florida Congressmen are part alligator. I have had enough of the reckless whispering. But the rumor is, that the morning after the great Okeechobee Hurricane in 1928, Posey’s grandmother got stranded with a gator, and fell in love. Now, obviously I don’t want to go into any details, but they say the swamp rang with her screams of ecstacy, mingled with the insistent but gentle hissing of her reptilian Romeo.

  • MyrddinWilt

    The question would be whether there was a valid contract.

    I can’t see an exchange of a consideration for a start.

    There is also a big question mark over the offer and whether Trump has in fact met the terms of the offer since he has only provided his short form birth form which is a standard of proof that he previously rejected.

  • silas1898

    Trump and his gang are the first to bark “frivolous lawsuit” whenever they get sued.

    This is frivolous to the absurd.

  • Guest

    Besides which, Trump is clearly a public figure, which means he would have to meet the standard of “constitutional malice” in order to get anywhere. Add this is surely within the realm of “fair comment” on issues of the day which Trump himself has raised. In addition, where’s the defamation? Considering that the alternative “truth” is that Trump was spawned by the human race, he should be flattered to be mistaken for the son of a monkey. If anyone has a right to sue, it’s a class of orangutans.

  • Houndentenor

    Yes, it’s hilarious. But Maher makes a serious point. it is not a joke to file such a frivolous lawsuit and the lawyer who did this should face ethics charges. We often hear complains, often justified, from the right about frivolous lawsuits. And here we have Exhibit A. There is no tort here. It’s a joke, which is protected by the First Amendment. You can tell it was a joke because we just watched a video of PEOPLE LAUGHING. People laughing is clear proof that it was not only a joke but that it was, at least by some people, considered humorous. I’m not kidding about the ethics charges. That said, if this thing went to trial I’d be glued to Court TV for the duration even if that meant calling in sick from work (note: I don’t get paid when I don’t work). That would definitely be some must see tv. It won’t. There’s no case here and the lawyer who filed this knows that which is why it was unethical for him to do so.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-De-Salvio/1187769019 John De Salvio

    We’re waiting, Mr. Frump- er, Trump.

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