The Donald Trump/Rosie O’Donnell feud started in 2006 after the former View co-host attacked Trump’s judgment surrounding the Miss USA scandal. Tara Conner had confessed to underage drinking and other inappropriate behaviors, but Trump allowed her to keep her crown provided that she enter rehab.
Rosie thought Trump’s decision was laughable, a thought she openly expressed while on The View: “He’s the moral authority? Left the first wife, had an affair, left the second wife, had an affair. Had kids both times, but he’s the moral compass for 20-year-olds in America.” O’Donnell went on to call the “Apprentice” star a “snake oil salesman”, and even did an impression of his comb-over hairstyle. When her View co-hosts cautioned her in light of possible legal repercussions, Rosie responded: “He’s gonna sue me, but he’ll be bankrupt by that time.”
Donald Trump responded with venom. The famous businessman went on a tirade, expressing his opinion of Rosie whenever he had the chance. His unlimited supply of insults went below the belt, attacking her appearance and her career, the latter of which he claimed was a complete failure. He told the New York Daily News that she was “a fat slob”, and he even claimed that he could have someone steal her girlfriend. Trump told The News: “I imagine it would be pretty easy to take her girlfriend away, considering how Rosie looks.”
No matter where he went, Donald Trump couldn’t tone down his hatred for O’Donnell. The self-proclaimed billionaire felt he had been personally attacked.
He told PEOPLE magazine:
“You can’t make false statements. Rosie will rue the words she said. I’ll most likely sue her for making those false statements… and it’ll be fun. Rosie’s a loser. A real loser. I look forward to taking lots of money from my nice fat little Rosie.”
O’Donnell first responded to Trump’s flurry of insults by going online. She posted a blog entry that detailed his financial troubles, citing information from Wikipedia as proof of her statements. MSNBC published her blog comments from this post, which read: “i will let you know if the donald sues me/or if kelli leaves me for one of his pals/don’t u find him charming.”
The next morning on The View, Rosie O’Donnell brought her girlfriend along with her, saying she “was afraid to leave her home in case someone with a comb over came and stole her from me.” After this it seemed that the talk show host was done talking about The Donald.
Trump’s war with Rosie got taken to a whole different level when he called into Larry King on Dec. 22nd of 2006. According to TMZ, Trump compared Rosie’s claims that he went bankrupt to the “lies” that got the U.S. involved in the war in the Middle East. Speaking from his private jet, Trump told King: “When people lie, Larry, I like to go after them. And I think, frankly, more people should be like that. I mean you look at this country, look at the problems we have – lots of lies got us into the war in Iraq.”
About a week later, Rosie couldn’t help herself, and posted a not-so-cryptic poem on her website. The writing implied Trump had been like a pimp to Tara Conner, whom he let retain the Miss USA crown in 2006 after a public scandal.
so what happens/when u say the emperor has no clothes/the comb over goes ballistic/via phone to mr king…
Fox News pointed out that the blog posting came only days after Trump had done the Larry King call-in.
As would be expected, The Donald wasn’t going to respond by remaining tight-lipped.
During an interview with FOX News, he again attacked Rosie’s appearance when imagining out loud what her girlfriend’s parents must have thought upon meeting the talk show host.
“Can you imagine the parents of Kelli … when she said, ‘Mom, Dad, I just fell in love with a big, fat pig named Rosie’?” he said. “Can you imagine the expression on their face?”
The once-boiling feud between Rosie and Donald seems to have simmered in recent years, although this certainly doesn’t mean the gloves are off.
We can all rest assured that these two public figures will never be friends.