Donald Trump – never one to take anything lightly, is threatening to sue Bill Maher for $5 million over a joke.
On Monday, Maher told Jay Leno that he would give Trump $5 million to prove that the pompous “billionaire” wasn’t the son of an orangutan. The $5 million, much like the $5 million Trump offered to the President to show his college records, could be given to the charity of his choice. Maher suggested Hair Club for Men.
Here’s the video:
On Tuesday, a lawyer for Trump sent Maher a letter with his birth certificate attached. It read as follows (from Yahoo News):
Attached hereto is a copy of Mr. Trump’s birth certificate, demonstrating that he is the son of Fred Trump, not an orangutan. Please remit the $5 million to Mr. Trump immediately and he will ensure that the money be donated to the following five charities in equal amounts: Hurricane Sandy Victims, The Police Athletic League, The American Cancer Society, The March of Dimes, and The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Here’t the copy of his birth certificate:
Trump then followed up with this statement (emphasis added):
“He made an absolute offer. I made an absolute acceptance. I showed him documentation, and he owes me $5 million, which I’m going to give to charities,” Trump said. “Let’s see what happens, and if he doesn’t give me the money, we’ll probably sue him.”
It wouldn’t be surprising if Trump followed through on his threat. Just a few weeks ago, after suing a former Miss USA contestant for defamation, he won $5 million . In fact Trump could be the poster boy for why the wealthy should pay more in taxes. It can be argued that if it weren’t for his access to the taxpayer-funded court system, a system which favors the wealthy, he wouldn’t be wealthy. He and his companies have successfully filed bankruptcy four times.
Despite Trump’s generous “gestures” toward charities, it seems he’s unwilling to put his money where his *um* hair is. Shortly after Hurricane Sandy, billionaire Mark Cuban offered Trump $1 million donated to Sandy relief if he was to shave his famous tuft. Trump, who grew up an area which was particularly hard-hit responded,
“Only $1 million? Offer me real money and I’d consider it. Your team and networks lose so much money I doubt you have much left!”
In fact, Trump’s main reaction to the hurricane, which left millions without power and even homes, was his trademark bragging:
“Not one Trump building lost power, even those along the Hudson River, lost power.” And, most offensively, declaring of the crane dangling over 57th St.: “I am the best builder, but if that were my building with the crane mishap, I would have been lambasted from coast to coast.”
It’s small consolation to victims of the hurricane that even Trump was touched by the storm. A plan to build a restaurant on one of New York’s beaches has been scrapped, at least temporarily.
Wendy Gittleson is a seasoned writer, a dog lover and an avid political junkie. She is the Senior Editor for Addicting Info. In her rare down times, you’ll find her somewhere in the mountains or near the beach. Follow her on her Facebook page or on Twitter, @wendygittleson