As disgusting as it is to be an American citizen and be forced to see an orange reality TV game show host fail to run the country every day, an in-person dinner with Trump is an almost intolerable thought. Actor Woody Harrelson, however, explained how he was able to get through it in 2002.
While promoting his new movie, LBJ, on Real Time with Bill Maher, Harrelson described a dinner he had with Jesse Ventura, who was the governor of Minnesota at the time. Donald Trump was also in attendance and was courting Ventura to be his running mate on the 2004 Democratic presidential ticket. That’s right, Trump once planned to run for president as a Democrat. Sometime between 2002 and 2011, when Trump began his career in the political spotlight with his birtherism claim against President Obama, he figured out that progressives were far too smart for him.
Harrelson says that Trump was so obnoxious and narcissistic, it was “brutal” to get through the dinner.
‘I never met a more narcissistic man, he talked about himself the whole time…you could see the standard he was going to bear. But I had to walk out halfway through, smoke a joint just to, like, steel myself for the rest of it, it was brutal.’
Harrison has spoken out against the president before, once during an appearance on The View, in which he called Trump “cracked.”
‘He has no empathy. I hate to say it, but he’s a sociopath. He has no feeling for other people… and it’s one of thousands of things like that! When you talked about the Khan family, or Meghan McCain who you had out here—[with Trump] saying [John McCain] he’s not a real hero because he got captured. I mean, it’s one thing after the next!’
The actor is a long-time supporter of liberal policies with little tolerance for the crazed extremists on the right. When asked after his performance in the film Game Change, in which he played Steve Schmidt (campaign manager for John McCain) along with Juliette Moore as Sarah Palin, Harrelson said the experience had not made him anymore sympathetic to conservative ideology.
‘[Bleep], no! The [bleep] those people say just makes me weep for humanity!’
For the full interview on HBO’s Real Time (the story about the Trump dinner begins at 3:59) see below:
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