Because Maher said — in jest, as comedians are wont to do — that he would donate $5 million to a charity if Trump could prove he wasn’t the “the spawn of his mother having sex with an orangutan.”
“I hope it’s not true, but unless he comes up with proof … I’m willing to offer $5 million to Donald Trump that he can donate to a charity of his choice.”
Maher picked the figure after Trump, long a skeptic of President Barack Obama’s citizenship, offered to give $5 million to the charity of Obama’s choice if the president publicly released his college transcripts in addition to his passport records ahead of last year’s elections.
The White House never directly responded to the challenge.
Included in the court documents are a January 8 letter to Maher, accepting the $5 million charity challenge the day after his appearance on Leno, and a copy of Trump’s birth certificate, which lists Fred Trump as his father — not an orangutan.
Maher, never afraid to ape the object of his pithy humor, was unrelenting on “The Tonight Show” in pushing the simian connection.
“The color of his hair (pauses for laughs) and the color of an orange orangutan is the only two things in nature of the same color,” Maher said to another round of nervous chuckles from the audience.
The comedian’s reaction to the lawsuit?
“What?? Really? Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha,” he tweeted.
Perhaps, he is waiting for Trump to release his long-form birth certificate.