Seinfeld Quits Benefit Over Trump’s Birther Attacks

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April 21, 2011; Source: CNN | Even to comedian Jerry Seinfield, some things aren’t funny.  Bothered by Donald Trump’s “birther” attacks on President Obama, Seinfeld decided not to appear at a September benefit that Eric Trump, son of the real-estate mogul and would-be GOP presidential candidate, is organizing for St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital.  

In response, the elder Trump fired off an angry letter to Seinfeld.  He wrote: “I just learned you canceled a show for my son’s charity, The Eric Trump Foundation, which benefits the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital (children with cancer) because of the fact that you think I am being very aggressive with respect to President Obama, who is doing an absolutely terrible job as our leader – just look at Libya, our economy, gas, food, and clothing prices and maybe you will understand what is going on!”  

According to CNN, Seinfeld’s manager said the comedian decided to cancel t after becoming “increasingly uncomfortable” over comments from Trump calling into question whether the president is a United States citizen.  The manager added that Seinfeld “feels this kind of demagoguery has no place in public discourse.”  Despite canceling, Seinfeld has pledged to make contributions both to the Eric Trump Foundation and St. Jude’s.—Bruce Trachtenberg

  • Nikki Kirk

    Good that someone has chosen to be a better person and rise above the disgraceful name calling and blatant disrespect that “supposed leaders” are spewing from their mouths as they proclaim they have “our” best interest at heart.

    No one the world doesn’t respect the US. We give them countless reasons not to. We don’t even respect one another right here within our own borders.

  • david gold

    the children lost out

  • sf-Fan

    Unfortunately this is not an article about Jerry taking the moral high ground, but just the alternate. He is letting his political beliefs cloud his vision and determine his involvement in a worth while charitable event. Imagine the amount of money the charity is not going to receive now that Jerry is a no show. Who cares what the Donald says, this event isn’t about politics, it’s about the children. Shame on you Jerry.

  • Erick

    Um, but it says he still contributed to the charities. Just because he didnt show up doesn’t mean he didn’t support it. He gave them a ton of money, so fair enough. I say good for him. Instead of being a publicity puppet, he still gave to charity and stood up for his own beliefs. That goes further in my book.

  • Bob N

    Hey Jerry, you just lost my vote. What a childish move to make because his feelings got hurt. BoHo

  • Janet

    There are other ways to support St. Jude’s Hospital without benefiting the Trump Ego Machine. And for those supporters who want Trump to be president of the United States; let me direct you to another celebrity who thought he could heal a state: Arnold Schwarzenegger and the state of California. Look what he did to it and its residence. ’nuff said.

  • Dee C

    Sorry sf-Fan I don’t think it was Jerry Sienfeld politics being displayed here but rather the disgust and frustration that many people have for this continued name calling and smokescreens that so-called” candidates use to obscure the issues rather than tell us what they would do better than the man who is the President of the United States, were they in that position. D Trump demands a birth certificate that was produced a long time ago. Get over it already. I would like to ask him to show his tax return. Something most true candidates do and he said he would do if Obama showed his birth certificate. Obama’s tax documents were published. What is the Donald afraid of? The people will discover how he manupulates our tax system to not only not pay any taxes but to get money from good ol’ Uncle Sam? Come on Donald. We already know you do it, what are you afraid of? Perhaps running for public office isn’t a good idea if you can’t survive legitimate scrutiny.