'I feel like I’d be taking advantage of him,' comedian says of hypothetical interview

By Oliver Gettell
Updated September 26, 2016 at 09:47 PM EDT
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Zach Galifianakis’ humorously awkward interview with Hillary Clinton on Between Two Ferns may have racked up more than 30 million views in its first 24 hours — a Funny or Die record — but don’t expect him to repeat the feat with Donald Trump.

In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, the actor and comedian said he has zero interest in sitting down with Trump and went on to describe the Republican presidential nominee as “mentally challenged.”

Interviewing Trump “doesn’t interest me,” Galifianakis said. “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.”

He continued, “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.”

Earlier in the interview, Galifianakis said he was “very impressed” with Clinton. “I walked away from that whole interview going, ‘She’s cool,'” he recalled. “I don’t know if that was my impression of her before that.”

A spokesperson for the Trump campaign declined to comment on Galifianakis’ remarks.

Trump and Clinton meanwhile are set to face off in the first of three presidential debates on Monday night.

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