Back in December, we called the Donald Trump/Rosie O’Donnell battle “the feud that just won’t die.” Now here we are, over five months later, and the jabs are still flying.Access spoke with the Donald yesterday, and Trump—true to form—did not hesitate when asked to give his perspective on Rosie’s sudden departure from “The View” last week.”Well, I wasn’t surprised, because she’s a very self-destructive person,” Trump said. “She’s unbelievably self-destructive...I sort of predicted it a few months ago when we had our little ‘spat.’”’Spat’ may be an understatement, since the feud between the two outspoken stars has often been quite bitter. It began on the December 20th episode of “The View,” when O’Donnell accused Trump of staging a Miss USA press conference to drum up buzz for his show “The Apprentice.” Rosie mocked Donald’s hair and referred to him as a “snake oil salesman” on that episode, and Trump retaliated later by mocking Rosie’s weight and calling her a “big fat pig,” the name-calling and insults have been thrown both ways.
For example, Trumps “prediction’ that he spoke of above may refer to what he said on “Larry King Live” back on December 21st: “Rosie is a loser. You know it and I know it,” he stated, in response to being called a “loser” by Rosie on Access Hollywood. “She is not a good person. She makes false statements and she is not a good person. She’s a bully and all I did to a bully was hit her right between the eyes. And she folds up like a tent.”No 'View' appearance for TrumpAs far as Trump is concerned, Elisabeth Hasselbeck hit Rosie “right between the eyes” in the debate between the two co-hosts on last Wednesday’s episode of “The View”—the debate that ultimately led to Rosie deciding to leave the show before her planned June 20th exit.”I think Elisabeth really conducted herself very well,” he told Access. “And frankly, she beat Rosie up very badly in terms of their debate.” The irony of Trump’s endorsement of Elisabeth is that it was actually she who brought Trump into her argument with Rosie when she said, “It’s much easier to fight someone like Donald Trump because he is obnoxious!”
But Trump can obviously see past that little wrinkle. “As far as Elisabeth Hasselbeck, I’ve always said she’s probably the dumbest person on television, but when she called me...’obnoxious,’ she was probably right,” he told the Associated Press last week, in a rare instance of self-deprecation.
“She showed some real spunk and real intelligence,” he added last night to Access. “I was very impressed with Elisabeth.”But is he impressed enough to appear as a guest on “The View” now that Rosie is gone? “No, I don’t think so,” he said bluntly. But he was quick to add: “I know they’d like me to, but I’m not going to.”