Donald Trump has another celebrity feud on his hands. The would-be presidential candidate has fired off a letter to CBS to protest Late Show Host David Letterman’s slam over Trump’s comments about President Obama.
The Donald has been under fire ever since he challenged President Obama over his birth certificate. The issue was widely settled and even the president’s harshest critics had agreed it was a non-issue.
To quell the controversy once and for all, the president released his official “long-form” birth certificate. Since then Trump has been played, scorned and ridiculed by a succession of celebrities.
Jerry Seinfeld, pulled out of a charity event over Trump’s birther campaign, while Robert De Niro, criticized him during a talk at the Tribeca Film Festival.
The president, himself, made Trump the butt of jokes at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner, where the president traditionally gives a humorous speech.
Keynote speaker Seth Meyers also lampooned him at the dinner.
In each case, Trump has not taken the jibing well and rebuked both.
Letterman, however, went a step further. He accused Trump of racism for his ad hominem attacks on Obama.
Beside the birth certificate issue, Trump questioned the president’s intellect and whether he earned the grades that got him into Harvard.
“It smacks of racism,” Letterman said during an interview Apr. 28 with television psychologist Dr. Phil McGraw. “Nobody should be amused by that tactic.”
Dr. Phil saw another reason for Trump’s statements, saying that he didn’t have “a racist bone in his body.”
Rather “just doesn’t think things through,” he said.
Dave blew off the defense. He said Trump should be prepared to apologize, if he returns to The Late Show – “and I’m not sure that we want him back.”
“My point is it’s all fun, it’s all circus, it’s all a rodeo, until it starts to smack of racism,” he said.
“And then it’s no longer fun… I have heard enough really smart people to convince me that yes, that is very, very insulting… How can you say things like that if you’re not a racist?”
Trump responded yesterday, according to The New York Post, in a letter to the network.
“I was disappointed to hear the statements you made about me last night on your show that I was a ‘racist,'” Trump wrote.
“In actuality, nothing could be further from the truth and there is nobody who is less of a racist than Donald Trump…
“Based upon your statements, and despite the fact that we have always done so well together, especially in your ratings, I am canceling my May 18th appearance on your show.”
Not a great week for The Donald. Should he fire himself?