The comedian said Mr Trump, a former reality TV star himself, had more in common with The Office’s protagonist David Brent than he does with former president John F Kennedy because Mr Trump is an entertainer above all else.
He told Channel 4: “He’s a man who wants to be famous, and he’s willing to pay for it. He’s a privileged man who’s a billionaire who is at the moment part of the biggest reality show we’ve ever seen.”
But while most entertainers or comedians are often rebuked for the offence caused by a joke, Gervais says Mr Trump can say similar things , but crucially not in jest, and simply amass more support.
“When was the last time you saw a future president say: ‘I wanted to punch him in the face.’ And people go yeah, it’s about time!”.
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