Bill Maher says George Steinbrenner and Donald Trump should be buried together
Provocative comedian enjoys sticking it to his critics
Comedian and gadfly of the conservative right Bill Maher has purchased a minority stake in the New York Mets organization, a development that has appalled Michelle Malkin and other right-wing commentators, who have responded to the announcement with indignation.
The one person who is thoroughly delighted with the purchase is Maher himself.
'You know they saw this yesterday and went, 'Bill Maher? Owns part of a baseball team? AAAARGGHH!' Maher told The Huffington Post.
'And then they had to figure out why they were mad. Because it's not immediately apparent why this should be horrible, but they knew it was horrible and then they had to work back to finding a reason why it was horrible. And of course, I just love to f--k with their heads.'
Until the announcement that Maher had bought a share the only other individual investors who have been identified to date are hedge-fund manager Steve Cohen who reportedly bought a full $20 million stake, as well as Clear Channel C.E.O. Bob Pittman and Huffington Post co-founder Kenneth Lerer.
Asked by the Huffington Post what powers Maher actually has now as an part owner of the Mets, he joked: 'Oh, I decide who is the relief pitcher. No, nothing. You know, I'm a minority owner. We just enjoy the ballgame. The great national pastime.
Maher explained that it was partly his distaste for former New York Yankees owner Geroge Steinbrenner that compelled him to make the purchase. 'Good owners stay out of the way,' Maher said. 'One of the main reasons that I'm a big Mets fan and not a big Yankees fan is because I hated George Steinbrenner. To me, George Steinbrenner did not represent New York well. I know people love him because he was a winner. Well, to me, growing up as a kid, I was taught that winning is important but it's not everything. That was George Steinbrenner's world - winning is everything - and that's not the way I think America and New York should be represented. I love New York, but I do think that Steinbrenner and Trump should be buried together.'
Asked why he saw an opportunity where other people saw danger, he replied: 'You know, it's so funny you ask that, because that's the first thing I asked. How come these didn't sell in a day? There are lots of people in New York way richer than I am. And you know what the answer is? Everybody told me the same thing, because I asked around. They said, ‘Every day, if you live in New York, all you read about in the papers is the press shitting on the Mets.’ You know, they were going through that Bernie Madoff lawsuit, and they had traded their best player. The press was just merciless to them. And it scared everybody off. And I kept just saying, ‘You know what? This is the New York Mets. There's only one National League franchise in the city of New York. It's not going anywhere. And it's a national treasure.’
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