LAS VEGAS (CBS Las Vegas) – Actor and stand-up comedian Bill Maher had some strong words for business mogul Donald Trump during a recent radio interview.
In anticipation of his upcoming headline performance at the Pearl at the Palms, Maher spoke with KXNT radio host Brian Shapiro. During the interview, the two discussed a lawsuit filed against Maher by Trump after he mocked the latter’s $5 million offer to President Barack Obama to produce his college records.
Maher continued to make fun of Trump on the air.
“Donald Trump is such a racist that he can’t believe a black man can get through college honestly,” Maher asserts during the interview. “He actually thinks he’s smarter than Obama, which is hysterical in itself.”
Maher also spoke about a controversial joke he made regarding Sarah Palin’s son Trig, in which he expressed sympathy for the 5-year-old child because “he’s labeled the retarded one in the family.”
Though some were outraged – including former KXNT anchor Ron Futrell, who was reportedly ejected from a recent performance of Maher’s for heckling the comedian about the joke – Maher was not apologetic.
“[M]y stand-up audience is a community … and [that joke] killed, okay?” he said, adding later on in the interview that the joke was aimed at the former presidential candidate herself rather than her son, and that she “richly deserve[d] it.”
Maher continued by explaining that only his community of supporters matters to him, and that his philosophy is why he adamantly defends another outspoken personality – Rush Limbaugh.
“Look, I don’t like Rush Limbaugh, but I defend him every time someone tries to make him go away, because I don’t listen to Rush Limbaugh, so I don’t have the right to make him go away,” he noted, adding that he maintains the same line of thinking in regards to rap music. “Bill O’Reilly is always on about rap music. Y’know what? If you don’t want to hear the N-word or women called b****s or whatever, don’t listen to rap music.”
He added, “But don’t try to make people who are okay with this not enjoy it.”
Maher is scheduled to perform at the Pearl at the Palms Friday, Sept. 6 and Saturday, Sept. 7. Both performances will begin at 8 p.m., according to KXNT.
Listen to the full interview here: