Donald Trump is suing Bill Maher for the $5 million he claims Maher promised if he produced his birth certificate.
Early last month Bill Maher, the liberal comedian and host of HBO’s “Real Time”, told Jay Leno on “The Tonight Show” that he would pay $5 million to Donald Trump’s charity of choice if he would produce a birth certificate that proved he’s not the “spawn of his mother having sex with orangutan.” According to Politico, Trump’s attorney, Scott S. Balber sent a letter to Maher within a few days of the show and attached a copy of Trump’s legal birth certificate. In the letter Balber stated, “Attached hereto is a copy of Mr. Trump’s birth certificate, demonstrating that he is the son of Fred Trump, not an orangutan.” The letter also asked that Maher, “Please remit the $5 million to Mr. Trump immediately and he will ensure that the money be donated to … five charities in equal amounts.”
It appears however, that Maher has yet to respond, and Trump told FOX New’s “Fox & Friends” on Monday that he is now suing Maher for the money. He said, “He promised me $5 million for charity if I provided certain information. Well I provided the information. He didn’t pay. So today I sue Bill Maher for $5 million for charity.”
It was just a joke though, right? many critics have asserted that Maher was simply making Trump an offer similar to that which he made to President Obama during the election last year to release his college transcripts, in part to prove that the President was, in fact, born in America. Trump insists that it was not a joke though. He told FOX, “I don’t think he was joking. He said it with venom. That was venom. That wasn’t a joke. In fact, he was nervous when he said it.”