- The Washington Times - Monday, September 26, 2016

Zach Galifianakis says he has no plans to invite Donald Trump on his parody talk show “Between Two Ferns,” saying the Republican presidential nominee is “mentally challenged” and it wouldn’t fair to mock him.

Mr. Galifianakis, who hosted President Obama on the show in 2014, released an interview with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on the Funny or Die website Thursday.

In its first 24 hours, the video was viewed more than 30 million times, the highest first-day viewership in the website’s history, The Los Angeles Times reported.

Mr. Galifianakis told The Times during an interview Saturday that Mrs. Clinton is “very personable in real life.”

“She really is. There was a laugh or two from her — a really big laugh — that we had to edit out because it wasn’t icy enough for us in a weird way for what we were doing,” the “Hangover” star said.

“But I was very impressed with her,” he said. “I don’t think you can get as far as she has in American politics without a sense of humor — especially since she’s been so forced to play the boys’ [game], since that’s where the power structure is, though it’s changing. But yeah, she definitely has a sense of humor. For sure.”

Despite calls to invite Mr. Trump on the show, Mr. Galifianakis said the idea doesn’t interest him.

“Doing it the other way doesn’t interest me,” he told The Times. “He’s the kind of guy who likes attention — bad attention or good attention. So you’re dealing with a psychosis there that’s a little weird.

“I wouldn’t have somebody on that’s so mentally challenged. I feel like I’d be taking advantage of him. And you can print that,” he said.

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