The story is that Donald Trump is suing Bill Maher over a bet requiring Trump to prove he’s not the “spawn of his mother having sex with orangutan.” Trump somehow thinks that he met the burden of proof by sending Maher a copy of his birth certificate. Since Trump is on record as rejecting this kind of proof as it pertains to Barack Obama, he can hardly argue that he has met it in regards to himself.
But seriously, everybody knows that humans and orangutans can’t bear hybrid children, so Maher couldn’t have been serious, and Trump knows it. Nevertheless, when did nonsense ever stop Donald Trump?
The story is reported by none less than The Washington Times who said that the lawsuit was filed today. Later today a copy of the complaint, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court surfaced at TMZ.com.
I want to add, with some hesitation, that the presence of a father’s name on a birth certificate is, in the case of a married couple, a presumption that the father is the husband, and in general it is a representation of the child’s mother as to who the father was. The presence of Fred Trump’s name on Donald Trump’s birth certificate would lead one, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, to assume that he was indeed the father, but I wouldn’t consider it absolute proof where there is controversy.