- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 12, 2016

Ricky Gervais, standup comedian and creator of the hit TV series “The Office,” believes presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is the “antidote” to out-of-control political correctness.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Mr. Gervais said the business mogul’s soaring popularity among American voters is due to his unapologetic ability to say whatever is on his mind.

“I’ll admit it, I like Donald Trump’s speeches,” the British comic said. “I’ve made my fortune out of playing delusional, middle-aged men who say stupid things, and people love them. But he’s beaten me. Trump is better than [‘The Office’ character] David Brent.

“It’s funny, comedians tell a joke and they get in trouble; Donald Trump says a terrible thing and means it, and he gets elected,” Mr. Gervais continued. “I get it, though, Trump hit a vein. He hit the peak of political correctness, and he’s an antidote to all that. People are tired of being told they can’t say things, so he’s suddenly this poster boy for saying what’s on your mind, however terrible it is. And it’s going to go the other way. Trump’s going to get in, and suddenly there’s going to be 32 Jon Stewarts. It’s cyclical; people build their different armies.”

He went on to lament that he should have taken Mr. Trump’s presidential bid more seriously.

“It was only recently that I realized that Trump actually could become president,” Mr. Gervais said. “I should have realized sooner. Think about it: We live a world where there are warnings on bottles of bleach — we have to tell people not to drink bleach. In that world, Trump can be president. And in a sense, you get what you deserve. That’s democracy, baby! It’s just a really odd thing to have this man who’s meant to be the most powerful man in the world act like a Twitter troll.

“I say this as a guy whose tweets make headlines because I’m this famous person who people think should know better,” he added.

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