And old story told by Woody Harrelson is making the rounds again.
In a recent interview, Harrelson brought up the time he had dinner with Donald Trump and had to light up just to survive it.
In the September issue of Esquire, Harrelson recounts the time Jesse Ventura brought him to dinner with Donald Trump and Melania Knauss (they were not married yet). Trump was trying to convince Ventura to be his running mate in a presidential election.
Now, this was in 2002, when Ventura was Governor of Minnesota and long before The Donald would try to run for president. At the time, Trump was considering a run in the 2004 election on the Democratic ticket. Ventura was a member of the Reform Party at the time.
This is how Harrelson describes the "brutal" dinner.
"Now, at a fair table with four people, each person is entitled to 25 percent of the conversation, right? I'd say Melania got about 0.1 percent, maybe. I got about 1 percent. And the Governor, Jesse, he got about 3 percent. Trump took the rest."
Which honestly sounds just like our commander-in-chief.
"It got so bad I had to go outside and burn one before returning to the monologue monopoly. Listen, I came up through Hollywood, so I've seen narcissists. This guy was beyond. It blew my mind."
I almost feel sorry for Woody.
Harrelson has told this story before. During a 2017 appearance on Real Time with Bill Maher Harrelson told the same story saying he had to do it to "steel" himself for the rest of the conversation.
I mean, two hours of listening to the biggest blowhard the world has ever known would require some kind of help. And lucky for Woody at the time, he was an avid stoner.
Now, if I had to have dinner with Trump, I'm not suggesting I would use an herb that is currently illegal in my state. (Go for it though in Maine, Colorado, Alaska, California, Vermont, Michigan, Washington, Oregon and Nevada.)
I'm just not not saying that.
Personally, while everyone is focused on the fact someone needed to be high to get through a conversation with Trump, I'm more interested in the ending of that story.
You see, Trump's ramblings, while self-aggrandizing, did eventually touch on something resembling the truth, particularly about his kids.
As Harrelson told it,
"He did say one thing that was interesting, though. He said, 'You know, I'm worth four billion dollars,' or maybe he said five billion dollars—one of those numbers, I forget."
"Anyway, he said, 'I'm worth however- many billion dollars. But when I die, no matter how much it is, I know my kids are going to fight over it.' That was the one true statement he made that night, and I thought, Okay, yeah, that's pretty cool."
If you could say Donald Trump knows anything, it's exactly how his kids would react to his passing.
And if you could say one thing about Trump's MAGA fanbase, it's that they seem to share the same brain.
I'm actually kinda serious.
They all have the same joke they have to share because they don't have another one.
It wasn't just Trump about whom Harrelson had a story. Weirdly enough, he went to college with a guy by the name of Mike Pence. As in, Vice President Mike Pence.
"As a freshman, I gave a sermon to a youth group, and Mike was the guy running the show. He was a junior, I think."
"He struck me as a nice guy, very sincere. I don't know how well we'd get along now, but we got along okay then."
Much simpler story than his one with Trump, but interesting connection nonetheless.