When you get invited to dinner with Jesse Ventura, these days you likely think that’s going to end poorly given the former governor’s lean towards conspiracies and his numerous appearances on The Alex Jones Show. This was not the case back in 2004 when Ventura was still coming off his political victory and Woody Harrelson was invited to a dinner in New York with the former Navy SEAL and pro wrestler. Instead, the former Cheers star and current LBJ found himself on the odds with Donald Trump, telling Bill Maher that the dinner ended up being a “brutal” time.
Harrelson got to this story shortly after spending some time reminiscing with Maher about the times they smoked together and their friendship, praising the HBO host for saying things they all want to say but can’t while on the air. He possibly didn’t watch much of the show this season, being in London for most of it, but that statement could be troublesome if you look back at what Maher has done following the election. That’s where the Trump tale comes into play, with Harrelson noting that the president raised the bar for being horrible:
“I got invited by Jesse Ventura. I was in New York, and he said, ‘Will you come with me? Trump is going to try to get me to be his running mate on the 2004 ticket, the Democratic ticket.’
“So I went and it was brutal, it was brutal. I never met a more narcissistic man…He talked about himself the whole time. You could see the standard he was going to bear.”
Harrelson then tells Maher that he had to go outside and smoke a joint just to “steel” himself for the rest of the dinner. And while that’s funny enough, the way Harrelson says it was brutal might be my favorite part. It just seems like genuine disgust about this messed up dinner.
Also fun to note that Trump was a Democrat at the time and wanted to run with Ventura for the Democratic nomination. It’d be easy say that sounds far fetched, but look at where we are at currently.
(Via Real Time)