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The Trump/Jillette Feud of July 2015

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Donald Trump, the first major presidential candidate to campaign by trolling people on Twitter, issued this pronouncement today:

This was almost certainly a response to a recent appearance by the magician/comedian on MSNBC. As Business Insider described it,

Trumpy, you can do magic things!
The Simpsons

Jillette, who said he would be supporting a libertarian candidate in 2016, repeatedly offered Trump backhanded praise.

"The American public prayed for somebody on the political scene who would tell the truth without filters. And like the monkey's paw, it's come back and bitten them in the butt. You like it America? Here's someone without filters. Is this what you want? And it's kind of refreshing except that he's wrong about everything," Jillette said.

Jillette also mocked Trump's line of ties, noting that though the candidate loves to complain that the Chinese are stealing our jobs, the clothes bearing his brand were made in China.

Far less than that has set Trump off in the past. But in this case, he might also have some pent-up anger about the account Jillette wrote a few years ago about his time on Trump's Celebrity Apprentice show. Here's an excerpt:

Teller is clever and quiet and has a name that starts with "T." Trump's name also begins with a "T."
Todd Krainin

For one "task," Donald Trump asked us to create a Macy's store display and print ads for his new fragrance. Is there anyone who wants to smell like Donald Trump? Mr. Trump thinks so, so we were asked to create advertising. Instead of the usual twenty grand that the show would give to the winning "team leader's" charity, Donald floated the promise that if he "loved" our promotional material, he would give one hundred thousand dollars to his "loved" one's charity. Five times the amount that was arbitrarily assigned to this "task." In other words, if Trump got an ad that he could actually use for his stink-pretty juice, he would pay about twenty percent of what he would have to pay in the free market to hire a professional to do the job properly. Trump was willing to donate one-fifth of what the campaign would be worth to charity. I got fired for coming up with the slogan "You Earned It." They thought that slogan was "pompous." My slogan for a perfume with Donald's picture on it called "Success" was deemed pompous. Wow. The problem was my audience, I think. "You Earned It" isn't good for the Trumps. It should have been "You Inherited It."

If they ever start a show called Celebrity Insult Comic, I don't doubt that Jillette could beat Trump hands down.

Bonus links: Jillette responded graciously to Trump's tweet this morning, but Trump kept burping little put-downs onto Twitter throughout the day. They are—how shall I put this?—not particularly clever. If you're a fan of this sort of thing, you can watch the candidate's feed for more.

Bonus video: ReasonTV interviews Jillette:

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45 responses to “The Trump/Jillette Feud of July 2015

  1. Jesse, that alt-text was both kind of inevitable and at the same time fucking amazing.

  2. Now subscribed to Trumps twitter feed.

    STOP, REASON, BEFORE I JOIN HIS CAMPAIGN!!

    1. COZMOS NO LIKE TRUMP??? ME LIKE TURMP

      1. Real Americans want to Make America Great Again.

        Trump is Great American Tweeter, and you can just suck it, America Hater

        “Donald J. Trump ?@realDonaldTrump Jul 13

        The joke around town is that I freed El Chapo from the Mexican prison because the timing was so good w/ my statements on border security.”

        Donald J. Trump ?@realDonaldTrump Jul 14

        “@Britinnv @realDonaldTrump Would the people of US prefer a liar @HillaryClinton or a man that speaks the truth and facts!! No Brainer hey!”

        1. Trump is just what we need as president: a petulant thin skinned blowhard with a tupee. He might be the only person who would provide more lulz than Biden.

          1. You forgot to mention “Classy”. Because Donald Trump pretty much defines the word.

            1. Yep, when I think of “classy” I think of The Donald. That and a box of Kirkland brand wine from Costco.

              1. THE 1.5L BOTTLES OF CAB SAV ARE PERFECTLY SERVICEABLE YOU TAKE THAT BACK

                1. If by “perfectly serviceable” you mean they contain alcohol and therefore will fulfill the primary function of drinking alcohol, e.g. getting drunk, then I suppose you’re right.

        2. I’m really curious if Trump is authoring these himself, or if he has an intern/assistant that has studied his bizarre energy and is knocking it outta the park.

  3. I would Teller Trump to shut up.

  4. You like it America? Here’s someone without filters. Is this what you want? And it’s kind of refreshing except that he’s wrong about everything

    As if I didn’t like Penn Jillette enough already.

  5. What reason really needs is more Trump. Not enough Trump.

    1. Reason’s got a fever, and there’s just one cure: more cowbell Trump!

      1. +1 BOC

  6. Trump and Biden in a debate seems worth one of them winning, honestly.

  7. Trump is such a sensitive baby. Anybody can get inside his head.

    Considering his tendency to trash-talk at the slightest provocation, how the hell did this man make money?

    1. I’m going with, “A secret cabal of space reptile Free Masons.”

      1. MR LIZARD! You have some ‘splainin’ to do!

        1. No no no, Mr. Lizard is an Intergalactic Episcopalian. They despise the Space Free Masons.

    2. “how the hell did this man make money?”

      I’m not convinced he ever has. He was born rich, and is very blustery and dishonest. He seems to have at least as many high profile failures as successes. He’s like an idiot Howard Hughes.

      1. THIS. I don’t think he’s nearly as rich as he claims to be. It’s all a really bad act.

      2. His stocks suck. S-U-C-K suck.

        He’s just another Steinbrenner, though the absence of the Jeter stink is a big plus.

    3. Thin skin? He’ll make a perfect successor to the incumbent!

    4. “Considering his tendency to trash-talk at the slightest provocation”

      This, more than anything, is why I am so afraid of the possibility of his becoming POTUS. He could get us into another war in five seconds.

  8. I still have no idea if Trump is serious or just fucking with everyone. I suspect serious.

    1. I think he is becoming more serious by the day.

      1. Interesting thought. Is he trapped in a lie? Maybe getting his shows cancelled forced his hand.

        1. With this current schtick he is polling high enough to be included in at least some debates. What does he have to lose?

          1. “Trump 2016: You’re bored, so why not?”

            1. Trump 2016 = Because Trolling is Fun

  9. I saw Penn and Teller in late May in Vegas. Penn announced that the show that night was basically the same as what they were going to do on Broadway. I thought it was a good show.

    1. This comment is the equivalent of the Car and Driver letters they’d title “MOFW (Men of Few Words” back when they were worth reading:

      Your May issue of Car and Driver was very good.

      Joe Schlabotnick
      NYC

      I salute you, 2015 MOFW!

  10. “Donald J. Trump ?@realDonaldTrump Jul 5

    Rick Perry failed at the border. Now he is critical of me. He needs a new pair of glasses to see the crimes committed by illegal immigrants.”

    SICK. BURN.

  11. “Donald J. Trump ?@realDonaldTrump Jul 2

    Obama once again just missed a self-imposed deadline with Iran. Our leadership is weak & ineffective. Double the sanctions!”

    IRAN FEARS TRUMP

  12. Now, for my recent tantrum on ALL DONALD DAY, I DO follow Trump on the Tweeterz.

    Cause it’s comic GOLD, Jerry!

    He’s so….dry, and unfunny, and witless. I’ve sent him several notes, but haven’t gotten him to bite yet. I’ll post it here, of course, if/when I finally bait him enough.

    “Cause it’ll be classy, like everything I do. And the American Public, and my friends at Reason, in particular, will like it. So I’ll do that.” /Trump voice

    1. “Donald J. Trump ?@realDonaldTrump Jul 1

      Interesting that @Macys criticized me but just paid $650,000 in fines for racial profiling. Are they racists?

      Booom!!!!!

      1. needs moar burnouts!11!!11!

  13. ” Donald J. Trump ?@realDonaldTrump Jun 30

    I love the Mexican people, but Mexico is not our friend. They’re killing us at the border and they’re killing us on jobs and trade. FIGHT!”

    Trump Brings The Fight To Latinos John Matrix

  14. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, more Trump shit.

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  16. Donald J. Trump ?@realDonaldTrump Jun 28

    Univision apologized to me but I will not accept their apology. I will be suing them for a lot of money. Miss U.S.A. contestants are hurt!

    TRUMP DRIES THEIR TEARS

  17. Penn is having a battle of wits with an unarmed man.

  18. It takes a special kind of a-hole to make me root for El Chapo Guzman.

    Trump is that a-hole.

  19. “And it’s kind of refreshing except that he’s wrong about everything”

    Yea, I agree with this. I would say the same thing about Bernie Sanders.

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