HBO's Maher: 'I love' Kim Jong Un for calling Trump a dotard

HBO host Bill Maher of Friday said he "loved" North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for calling President Trump "a dotard."

“I love Kim, he called Trump a ‘dotard,’ which is one of those words that people have stopped using, like 'presidential,' ” joked Maher during his opening monologue on HBO's "Real Time."

"I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire," Kim said of Trump on Thursday. The North Korean leader was responding to Trump threatening to "totally destroy North Korea" if the U.S. is forced to defend itself or its allies like South Korea or Japan.


Oxford defines dotard as “an old person, especially one who has become weak or senile.”

"It's from Shakespeare," Maher added. "And Mr. President, if you're watching, Shakespeare was a guy a long time ago, he wrote plays."

"Plays are like a movie, but the people are really there," he continued.

Google searches for "dotard" quickly escalated after Kim used the arcane reference, with Merriam-Webster reporting searches "are as high as a kite" on its dictionary website.

Trump referred to Kim as "Rocket Man" and "Little Rocket Man" on Friday night, continuing the war of words.

"We have some really, really bad people and we are going to take care of the bad people. It's about time," Trump declared. "We can't have mad men out there shooting rockets all over the place."