Donald Trump on Monday had some harsh words for Bill Maher's incessant attacks on Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's Mormonism.
Appearing on Fox News's On the Record, the real estate mogul said, "If a conservative Republican made a like statement about somebody else's religion, there’d be hell to pay. It’ll be all over the place. It would be the end of that person's career as you know it" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, HOST: You talk about laughing, and more of the controversy about Bill Maher. And let me repeat he is a, you know, standup comic. He does satire. His whole thing is comedy. But one of the things he says, he refers to Mormonism, the religion of the Republican nominee, as being stupid. And that is just old fashioned bigotry. And, you know, your thoughts, I mean, you know, he is laughing at it and he’s got the crowd laughing with him. Your thoughts on that?
DONALD TRUMP: Well, it's tough stuff, I mean, when you say that. He’s a comic, but that is really not funny, and frankly, it's amazing, and if the other side referred to somebody else's religion, as an example, if some nice conservative Republican said something about another religion, I won't even say which one, but let’s say another religion, there would be hell to pay. It would be a front page of every newspaper tomorrow. And here’s something that is hardly being covered, although you're covering it, but it's hardly being covered.
VAN SUSTEREN: But it's interesting when the crowd laughs, it's so hard to, you know, people oftentimes don't realize they’re being bigots if they get people laughing with them, even other bigots I guess.
TRUMP: Well, I know Bill Maher, he’s doing his thing, and he’s having a good time doing it, and he’s doing well with it, I guess. But it’s a tough statement, and frankly, if somebody else made that statement, and certainly if a conservative Republican made a like statement about somebody else's religion, there’d be hell to pay. It’ll be all over the place. It would be the end of that person's career as you know it.
Indeed it would. But with the current media, you're allowed to say anything you want about a conservative with total impunity.
As Trump said, it really is amazing.
— Noel Sheppard (@NoelSheppard) June 9, 2012