Last week, Donald Trump successfully sued Miss Pennsylvania Sheena Monnin for defamation. Apparently, he didn’t appreciate her saying awful things about him. Which is ironic, because he’s basically made a second career out of saying awful things about people.
From Rosie O’Donnell to Martha Stewart, here’s a brief history of Donald Trump’s most ridiculous celebrity feuds, most of which were one-sided.
It started when O’Donnell accused Trump of being a “snake oil salesman.” She said it on The View, regarding a Miss USA controversy. After O’Donnell voiced her opinion, Trump fired back with a series of insults, calling her “disgusting,” “a fat pig,” and “unattractive both inside and out.”
What horrible thing did Angelina Jolie do to piss off Trump? She wasn’t good-looking enough for him. Gasp! In 2007, he said of Jolie:
“I really understand beauty. And I will tell you, she’s not– I do own Miss Universe. I do own Miss USA. I mean I own a lot of different things. I do understand beauty, and she’s not.”
When Donald’s friend Martha Stewart tried to launch her own version of the Celebrity Apprentice show, it didn’t do so well in the ratings. Instead of offering some encouragement about something that’s really none of his business anyway, Trump decided to rip into Martha in an open letter. He wrote:
“It’s about time you started taking responsibility for your failed version of The Apprentice. Your performance was terrible in that the show lacked mood, temperament and just about everything else a show needs for success. I knew it would fail as soon as I first saw it – and your low ratings bore me out.”
Even Martha was shocked. She responded: “The letter is so mean-spirited and reckless that I almost can’t believe my long-time friend Donald Trump wrote it.”
Who could forget Trump’s ongoing demand for President Obama to hand over all of his most private documents? I’m not sure if Trump’s statement regarding Obama’s birth certificate was more ignorant or offensive. At any rate, here’s what he had to say about it:
“I have a birth certificate. People have birth certificates. He doesn’t have a birth certificate. He may have one but there is something on that birth certificate — maybe religion, maybe it says he’s a Muslim, I don’t know. Maybe he doesn’t want that. Or, he may not have one,” and “I have a birth certificate. People have birth certificates. He doesn’t have a birth certificate. He may have one but there is something on that birth certificate — maybe religion, maybe it says he’s a Muslim, I don’t know. Maybe he doesn’t want that. Or, he may not have one.”
And just when you thought he couldn’t be any more entitled, in 2012, Trump would hold ransom $5 million in charitable donations unless Obama revealed his college transcripts.
To be fair, Cher kind of started this one. But when you’re as big an idiot as Donald Trump is, it’s hard for people not to take potshots. After realizing that Macy’s department store carried Donald Trump’s line, Cher announced via Twitter that she wouldn’t be visiting the store again, and then took a cheap shot at that bizarre hair thing Donald Trump’s got going on. Trump responded:
“I promise not to talk about your massive plastic surgeries that didn’t work.”
Cher followed up that she was wrong for taking a cheap shot at Trump’s hair, but the fact remained that he is, as she put it, “a flaming asshole.”