Donald Trump Sues Bill Maher: Is This Yet Another Publicity Stunt From the Donald?

Is this a publicity stunt or is this for real?

I’m leaning towards the former because let’s be serious.

Presidential candidate wanna-be and poorly-coiffed business tycoon Donald Trump has it out for Bill Maher for $5 million for a charity because he supposedly didn't keep true to a promise.  

“He promised me $5 million for charity if I provided certain information,” Trump said. “Well, I provided the information. He didn’t pay. So today I sue Bill Maher for $5 million for charity.”

So what information was it?

Released by Trump’s attorney and everything?

Proof via birth certificate that The Donald was not the product of his mother having relations with an orangutan.

Insulting, but maybe, just maybe infused with karma, considering Trump wanted something similar done with President Barack Obama’s college records — and birth certificate. But we didn’t see the president suing for any compensation. As a matter of fact he went so far as to release his entire birth video. What a good sport!

Maher clearly had his doubts, spurned on by the idea that Trump’s hair alone was up to debate on the origins of his DNA. One of the many charities Maher suggested his donation could go to was “The Institute of Incorrigible Douchebaggery.”

Trump says he saw nothing warranting a joke with Maher’s words. The Donald described him as “nervous” with “a pathetic delivery” and said “with venom.”

Fine — you’re free to find Maher unfunny, Trump, but are we reading the same context clues? It wasn’t as if Maher was chatting it up on Oprah to indicate that his bet was legit. He was talking with fellow comedian Jay Leno on “The Tonight Show.”

And to me, it looked like he was making a joke.

The Donald certainly isn’t doing any favors in making himself look less like an incorrigible douche in deciding to hit the headlines with a real lawsuit against a less tangible joke. Think of the poor unnamed charities now caught in the crossfire — will they be receiving jack squat? What will happen if Maher decides to simply not pay up?

Will The Donald press on forward? Is he truly that determined to make a huge joke out of the jokester?

Regardless, in Bill Maher’s case — talk about putting money where your mouth is. 

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Zainab Akande

Born and raised in New York City, Zainab is a University of Delaware alum, currently working on obtaining her M.A. in journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York. http://zainabakande.com/

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