There’s a small TV I keep on in my office sometimes when I’m working. Usually the sound’s down and I just have the picture on as something to look at occasionally. Writing can be a solitary business sometimes — the visual distraction kind of keeps me company, I suppose.
Somebody shut this man up.
The sound wasn’t down one late December day sometime around 11 a.m. when Rosie O’Donnell took aim at Donald Trump on the ABC talk show “The View.”
As if you didn’t know enough already — here’s a re-cap:
O’Donnell called Trump on the carpet for setting himself up as a “moral compass” for young women amid talk about giving Miss USA Tara O’Connor the boot after she spent a night of underage drinking and partying (ala Paris Hilton style).
Trump appeared on a televised news conference with a weeping O’Connor in tow to gallantly announce that he had given O’Connor a second chance. “Because I believe everybody deserves a second chance,” he beamed.
The following day Rosie let loose with a barrage of comments regarding Trump.
“He annoys me on a multitude of levels. He’s the moral authority? Left the first wife, had an affair. Left the second wife, had an affair,” O’Donnell said.
“Had kids both times, but he’s the moral compass for 20-year-olds in America. Donald sit and spin my friend.”
O’Donnell went on to describe Trump as a “snake oil salesman” and then took aim at some shady business deals
“He inherited a lot of money, wait a minute, and he’s been bankrupt so many times, where he didn’t have to pay, but the people beneath him who he owed money to got shorted out of the money, but he got to again, try again. And you know what saved him a second time? After his father died, with that money, he paid off all his bankruptcy. This is not a self-made man. Here comes a lawsuit, get ready. He’s gonna’ sue me, but he’ll be bankrupt by that time, so I don’t have to worry.”
Perhaps it was the way she flipped her hair over to make it look like Trump’s nightmarish do or maybe he felt his capabilities were being called into question when O’Donnell pointed out his history with bankruptcy — but Trump got mad. Really mad. Like elementary school name-calling mad.
The next day Trump threatened to sue O’Donell and made personal attacks against her. “She says things that come to her mouth, she’s not smart, she’s crude, she’s ignorant and to be honest I look forward to suing Rosie,” Trump said on “Access Hollywood.” “I look forward to taking lots of money from my nice fat little Rosie.”
But that wasn’t the end — he continued his name calling across multiple FOX and CNN news and gossip programs over multiple days.
“She’s unattractive, both inside and out,” Trump continued. He then dragged Rosie’s partner, Kelli Carpenter, into the feud, threatening, “She ought to be careful because I’ll send one of my friends to pick up her girlfriend and I think it would be easy … I mean would you want to wake up next to that? … Would you want to kiss that face?”
That still wasn’t the end.
“Ultimately, Rosie is a loser, and ultimately [“The View”] will fail because of Rosie. ... Barbara [Walters] made a mistake and let me tell you something — Barbara’s a good friend of mine. She cannot stand Rosie O’Donnell … she’s embarrassed by her … and she regrets hiring her.”
The following day on “The View” O’Donnell made reference to her being “afraid to leave” home in case “someone with a combover came over and stole” her partner. (Carpenter also happened to be in the audience.) O’Donnell then turned to the camera and said, “Here’s my comment to him,” and offered up her trademark twisted-lip smirk.
Then Rosie finally decided to keep quiet for a few days. Trump, however, didn’t.
On one gossip show after another Trump just couldn’t get enough of talking about how great he is and how awful Rosie is.
“Well, Rosie is a loser. Rosie has been a loser for a long time, her magazine failed, she got sued, she folded up like a tent,’” Trump told “Access.”
On “Larry King Live” he bragged about his money and then apparently played the gay card. “I’m worth many billions of dollars. Now, it’s nothing to brag about. I’m worth many billions of dollars. It’s very simple … they put me on the cover of Forbes Magazine.” Then King sub-host A.J. Hammer asked, “What about what she said about you being the moral compass for 20-year-olds in the country, saying left the first wife, had an affair, left the second wife, had an affair?”
Trump fired back: “Look at Rosie’s moral compass. You tell me about a moral compass. You take a look at Rosie’s moral compass. I mean this woman is a disgrace.”
On the syndicated show “The Insider” he continued, “Take a look at her, she’s a slob. She talks like a truck driver. … Her show failed when it was a talk show, she failed on that. The ratings went very, very low and very bad and she got essentially thrown off television,” said Trump.
Fact of the matter is — O’Donnell’s show’s ratings were never low. When she walked away from her magazine and the television show both were at an all-time high.
As I mentioned in an earlier editorial, ratings for “The View” have never been higher since O’Donnell came on board.
As the year came to a close and Trump kept up his attack on O’Donnell — he made his biggest mistake. He lied. About Barbara Walters.
On the first show for the New Year — with O’Donnell, Carpenter and family away on vacation — Walters finally announced what we’d all been waiting to hear when she said that she never told Trump she didn’t want O’Donnell on the show, as he has claimed. “Nothing could be further from the truth,” she said.
“She has brought a new vitality to this show and the ratings prove it. When she returns, we will all welcome her back with open arms.”
Walters also acknowledged that Trump had never filed for personal bankruptcy, but made it clear that some of the casinos that he owned, had in fact, filed for bankruptcy.
In a move that confirms Trump is a power hungry, growth-stunted narcissist intent on getting the last word, Trump then pronounced Walters a liar.
“I fully understand why Barbara has to say that,” he said. “She has no other choice. What is she going to say? ‘I told Donald Trump some negative things about Rosie?’”
Two words: sore loser.