Trump on Cosby: "Hatred Was Pouring Out of His Eyes"

By Eric Alt
|  Tuesday, Apr 12, 2011  |  Updated 7:45 AM CDT
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Donald Trump and Bill Cosby are having a war of words over Trump's possible presidential bid

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Who knew that booking Donald Trump and Bill Cosby on the same show would be this explosive? 

During a recent "Today Show" interview - Cosby was on to discuss his involvement with NBC's "Education Nation" programming initiative - the comedian was asked about Trump's possible run at the presidency and did not mask his feelings.

"He's full of it," said Cosby. "You run, or shut up. The only thing he's running is his mouth."

Trump, who had been a guest on the show prior to Cosby, released a statement ripping into the former "Cosby Show" star.

In an official release titled "The Donald's Statement," Trump said: 

The other day on The Today Show, right after I was interviewed by Meredith Vieira, a terrific person and reporter, I happened to watch Bill Cosby who was on at the end of the show. While I have never been a fan of Cosby’s, I had always assumed he liked or respected me because every time I met him—the last time at the David Letterman show where I preceded him as a guest—he was always so nice, saying “let’s get together”—asking me out to dinner, and being polite to the point of offering to buy me a suit because he has a “great tailor.”

In any event, as I watched the show, the subject of Donald Trump came up.  I was surprised to hear him blabber, somewhat incoherently “you run or shut up.” The hatred was pouring out of his eyes when he said this. As I am sure he must know I cannot run until this season of Celebrity Apprentice ends. I know that he has taken a lot of heat over the years  in that he seems to be talking down to the people he’s talking to and purportedly trying to help. Actually, based on the way he acted, things are not looking too good for Cosby.

I wish he would be more honest, and if he doesn’t want me to run because he’s obviously an Obama fan, he should state the reasons and not come into my “green room” in front of numerous witnesses and treat me like his best friend, only to denigrate me when I’m not around. Sadly, he got more attention talking about me than he did on the merits of his own appearance—maybe he is not as dumb as I thought.

So far, there has been no further comment from Cosby on the matter. Trump, of course, has had notorious public feuds with a number of celebrities including Rosie O'Donnell, Barbara Walters, Mark Cuban, and Martha Stewart.

Selected Reading: Los Angeles Times, MSNBC, Salon

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