Real Time host Bill Maher found himself the subject of an early morning Twitter rant from President Donald Trump on Wednesday.
What reportedly set Trump off was a recent sketch of Maher's in which the host gave him a scathing, hypothetical eulogy, saying that Trump "was a criminal's criminal and intellectually a midget among giants."
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The string of political funerals from which the President has been shunned since his time in the White House inspired the imaginary eulogy, in which Maher said:
"Some men look at the world and ask why. Donald Trump looked at the world and asked, 'What's in it for me?' His generosity knew only limits, and he never once failed to put himself before others. He was a devoted father who every day tried to teach his children the wrong lessons of life: be quick to anger, never let go of a grudge, see the worst in people, and treat them all equally based strictly on how much money they make and what they look like."
Trump slammed Maher as "totally SHOT" and a "jerk."
Watched @billmaher last week for the first time in a long time. He's totally SHOT, looks terrible, exhausted, gaunt, and weak. If there was ever a good reason for no shutdown, check out this jerk. He never had much going for him, but whatever he did have is missing in action!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2020
Maher, who is no Democrat, was incredulous in his response.
Really? This is what the president of the United States does with his time? https://t.co/owPEVeeUzj
— Bill Maher (@billmaher) August 12, 2020
The pandemic that's killed over 160 thousand Americans and unemployed millions more rages on, as negotiations between Republicans and Democrats for another stimulus package stall. Parents are wondering if they can safely send their children to school as the term opens up and others are wondering if they'll be evicted.
People shared Maher's befuddlement.
Yep almost 170,000 Dead and this is what he does. https://t.co/whAghXr3We
— Demetri Panos (@demetripanos) August 12, 2020
Yeap, he cares more about your show than taking take on bounty to kill American Soldiers abroad... https://t.co/mv6WTq2tOC
— Patricio Lynch (@patriciolynch) August 12, 2020
Yes. If you pay attention to the patterns of his tweets, he spends an awful lot of time watching TV. His hobby is being a TV critic. https://t.co/tfg5IV62B4
— Grommits Toad (@grommitstoad) August 12, 2020
And Maher wasn't alone in trolling Trump.
Here, the President of the United States (who works so hard, they tell us) talks about the body of a TV host.
Nobody needed this. Nobody.
Oh, hey, the economy is in shambles. Just like your brain.
— JRehling (@JRehling) August 12, 2020
I want a President who isnt a full time bully & TV watcher. A president who listens to advisors, who knows our scarred history & that of the world, who isnt awed into submission by murderous dictators, who understands that it is ALL our beautiful people who make America great
— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) August 12, 2020
You're just mad because you got a glimpse of how you will be spoken about after you are gone. You earned it.
— God (@thegoodgodabove) August 12, 2020
The eulogy has been seen by even more people thanks to Trump's tweet.