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Trump vs. Rosie One (Hopefully Final) Round

January 17, 2007 6:44 PM

I feel downright unclean posting this. But when a critic asks Donald Trump, here for “The Apprentice,' about his fight with Rosie O’Donnell, the sound of reporters typing furiously sounds like a rainstorm in the ballroom. So, in service to all those who must know, here is the latest:

Q: “I feel compelled to bring up this pissing match you’ve been in publicly—“

“I’m shocked'

Q: “Do you regret how out of hand it’s gotten?'

Trump: “No.'

Q: “Are you afraid at all the public’s image of you is going to be harmed and this might all backfire?'

Trump: “It’s a good question. This started out as being about Miss USA. This young woman had a drinking problem [and I gave her a second chance]. And Rosie O’Donnell went absolutely nuts. Then she went and said a lot of things that have been proven untrue. Who would have ever thought it would be a very big story? I go on the “Today' show, first question is a Rosie question, second is a Rosie question, then they ask me why I talk about Rosie. Then I went on Larry King and I said I don’t want to talk about Rosie. He said, ‘Okay,’ and the first question was about Rosie … I think I exposed her for what she is. She’s just a terrible human being. She’s a terrible disgusting human being and not very smart. I think this whole [O’Donnell being on ‘The View’] will blow up and I want credit for it when it happens … This will only stop when the media stop asking. I don’t talk about Rosie but every question is about Rosie … If somebody attacks you, a lot of the folks in this room would defend themselves. I have always defended myself … I’ve watched her attack people over the years and I’ve watched people not fight back. She’s a bully. I learned this in high school. When you’re attacked by a bully you hit them back. You hit them right between the eyes and that’s what I did...The ratings from "The View" went up because of me. Barbara Walters hates Rosie O'Donnell. Two weeks from now, the ratings will go back down and tank and there will be turmoil. I watched it the other day for the first time in awhile. Watch it without the turmoil, its a very boring show."

Donald Trump Jr.: "He speaks his mind. He's not a politician. People respect him. He says what everybody else is thinking."


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