April 27, 2011 08:00 AM by Shayla Perry
If Donald Trump is serious about his potential run for president in 2012, he may want to re-think his strategy for getting votes. Not even a week after the Celebrity Apprentice star sent a fiery letter to comedian Jerry Seinfeld for cancelling a performance at his son’s charity event, Trump is already in the midst of another feud. This time, with The Godfather himself – Robert De Niro.
It’s happened. We have finally lost count of the number of celebrity feuds involving Donald Trump.
After appearing on several talk shows and news broadcasts questioning President Barack Obama’s citizenship, Celebrity Apprentice star Donald Trump has made himself a few enemies in Hollywood. Most recently, it’s Robert De Niro, who spoke to NBC’s Brian Williams about Trump and his refusal to reveal the “shocking” information on Obama that he claims his investigators have found in Hawaii.
“I won’t mention names, but certain people in the news the last couple weeks, just, what are they doing? It’s crazy. They’re making statements about people that they don’t even back up,” De Niro told the NBC Nightly News anchor. “Go get the facts before you start saying things about people.”
When Williams asked De Niro if “certain people” happened to have a show that aired on NBC Sunday nights, the actor continued his rant:
“It’s like a big hustle. It’s like being a car salesman. Don’t go out there and say things unless you can back them up,” Robert De Niro said of Trump’s “birther” claims. “How dare you? That’s awful to do. To just go out and speak and say these terrible things? Unless you just wanna get over and get the job. It’s crazy.”
Not one to take public criticism sitting down, Trump responded to De Niro’s quote in yet another interview.
“Well he’s not the brightest bulb on the planet,” said Donald Trump on Monday’s FOX & Friends. “I’ve been watching him over the years and I like his acting, but, you know, in terms of when I watch him doing interviews and various other things, we’re not dealing with Albert Einstein.”
So according to Donald Trump, Gary Busey = Genius; Robert De Niro = Not so much.
This isn’t the first time Donald Trump has been met with criticism over his investigation of President Barack Obama’s birthplace and potential run for the presidency in 2012. In addition to Robert De Niro, comedians Bill Cosby and Jerry Seinfeld have both made it clear that they won’t be casting their vote for The Donald should he decide to run.
Jerry Seinfeld even went as far as pulling out of an upcoming charity event for the Eric Trump Foundation and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in response to Donald Trump’s comments questioning the President’s citizenship. Though the comedian feels that Trump’s “kind of demagoguery has no place in public discourse,” he still made a contribution to both Eric Trump’s Foundation and St. Jude.
But that wasn’t enough for Donald Trump, who fired back at Seinfeld in a letter:
“I just learned you canceled a show for my son’s charity because of the fact I am being very aggressive with respect to President Obama, who is doing an absolutely terrible job as our leader. We don’t care that you broke your commitment even though the children of St. Jude are very disappointed, and despite the fact that your manager clearly stated you are ‘truly a man of his word.’
“What I do feel badly about is that I agreed to do, and did, your failed show, The Marriage Ref, even though I thought it was absolutely terrible. Despite its poor ratings, I didn’t cancel on you like you canceled on my son and St. Jude. I only wish I did. You should be ashamed of yourself!”
So… We’re thinking it’s probably safe to assume that Jerry Seinfeld will not be appearing as a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice in the near future.
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