During an interview on the syndicated television program In Depth With Graham Bensinger, liberal writer, director and comedian Judd Apatow used the opportunity as a guest on the weekend show to slam Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump as “a sociopath,” “a very, very dangerous person” and “a madman.”
Apatow's rant came after the host asked him a simple question: “How do you view Donald Trump?” The guest, who has used his Twitter account to hammer the GOP candidate on a wide variety of subjects, could barely restrain himself while doling out a tremendous amount of venom.
According to the program's website, Graham visited with his “famed” guest in part to discuss Apatow's “blockbuster” movies, including The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up and Pineapple Express. This interview was fairly unusual for the host, who is described on his online site as “one of the sports community’s highly regarded journalists.”
Nevertheless, the guest began his rant by stating:
Well, I think he’s a sociopath. I think he’s a very, very dangerous person. I think even if you believed in a lot of conservative values, you shouldn’t support him because I don’t think Donald Trump believes in those values.
I think that he’s a heat-seeker. He’s somebody looking for power.
“And you know,” Apatow continued, “when you’re a 70-year-old man and you have not spent any time concerned about anybody but yourself and your family, … you’ve done nothing for the world, … I don’t think suddenly you’re that person that cares about happiness and … the country.”
He continued: “I think it’s like a crazy person. I honestly think it’s a crazy person. And even if you’re like, ‘I want my taxes to be lower,’ yeah, it’s not enough.”
As an example, Apatow stated: “When North Korea does a missile test, this is not a person that can be trusted in a delicate situation to figure out to handle very complex situations.”
“You can tell this is not a person that understands any issue deeply,” the liberal guest noted. “This is the most important job in the world, and you can’t give it to an idiot even if you agree with him about a trade pact or about some other position he has.”
He then said: “You'll agree on a couple of positions with any crazy person, but he certainly shouldn’t be in a position of power. It’s very, very dangerous.”
As NewsBusters previously reported, Apatow and actor Seth Rogan haven't been shy when hammering critics of their work, including feminist Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday in late May of 2015 for accusing them of producing “frat-boy movies” that were partly responsible for “the stabbings and shootings of one sick young man at the University of California-Santa Barbara who killed six.”
Apatow “issued a scathing tweet ... saying Miss Hornaday 'uses tragedy to promote herself with idiotic thoughts.'"
He then set his sights on the Washington Post: "[W]ith every view, her paper makes money from discussing a story no one yet knows anything about. Now it is a media profit center."
One month later, Apatow was a guest on the With All Due Respect weekday hour-long television program for Bloomberg Politics and took advantage of the opportunity to claim it's "ridiculous that anyone thinks that rich people care about other people. When the Koch brothers give a billion dollars, it is not out of a great concern for the masses."
However, when pressed whether that concept also applies to rich Hollywood liberals, the guest replied with the Democrats' perpetual claim that “there's a difference.”
“Hollywood liberals would be willing to change the entire system if all would get the money out of it, and I don't think conservatives would do it,” Apatow asserted.
Next week, we'll probably have no doubts regarding what Apatow thinks about the results of the November 8 election, and maybe then he'll go back to trying to be funny.