Donald Trump is a real estate mogul, businessman and reality TV personality. He is the chairman and president of The Trump Organization. He is also the founder of Trump Entertainment. He was the host of the reality TV series The Apprentice on NBC. On June 16, 2015, he announced that he will be running for President of the United States in the 2016 election and is seeking nomination as a Republican. He also owns and operates the Miss USA and Miss Universe contests. He’s even been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. He is brash, outspoken and controversial. The Donald has certainly seen his fair share of wild fights.
The Donald is never one to back down from a challenge (even when he is the one that starts everything in the first place). To be fair, sometimes it’s Trump that starts the beef, and other times he’s just going on the defensive. Trump has been involved in several high profile feuds. Donald Trump has tangled with many, such as singers, actors, comedians, Mexicans, politicians and even a farmers. Trump’s feuds are often covered by the media and can turn into a major news story. So, in the iconic words of ring announcer Michael Buffer, “Let’s Get Ready To Rumble!” Here is a look at 11 of Donald Trump’s most notorious feuds.
11) Donald Trump VS Rihanna
Rihanna is widely regarded as one of the best selling artists of all time. She has released several critically acclaimed albums, such as Good Girl Gone Bad, Loud and Unapologetic. She has won eight Grammy Awards for her work. In 2011, Rihanna was scheduled to preform at Trump’s private club, Mar-a-lago. At the last minute Rihanna had to cancel because she was sick with bronchitis. Jennifer Hudson replaced her at the Trump event. However, Rihanna preformed the following night at the NBA All Star Game. Trump was not pleased and issued a statement in which he said it was “disrespectful “ for Rihanna to cancel on him but perform at the All Star Game, and even claimed that he was okay with the change because Hudson has a “better voice” than Rihanna. Rihanna wouldn’t give in to Donald Trump’s comments and get into a war of words on Twitter. Her representatives simply stated that it was the doctor’s order that she better not perform at the event.
10) Donald Trump VS Jerry Seinfeld
Jerry Seinfeld is often cited as being one of the greatest stand up comedians of all time. He is best known as the star and co-creator of the massively successful NBC sitcom, Seinfeld. In 2011, Jerry was scheduled to appear at a charity event for St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital put on by The Eric Trump Foundation. Jerry pulled out of the event because he was uncomfortable with Trump’s insistence that President Barrack Obama provide his birth certificate to prove he was born in the U.S. Trump was furious and wrote a scathing letter to Jerry printed in the New York Post. In the letter, Trump notes that he feels bad for appearing on Seinfeld’s reality show The Marriage Ref, and called it a “failure”. Jerry responded by saying that he didn’t have a problem with Trump and that “if God gave the power to comedians to make a person they would make Donald Trump.” Seinfeld said that Donald Trump is “God’s gift to comedy”.
9) Donald Trump VS Cher
Cher is a pop icon and fashion trendsetter. She is widely regarded as one of the greatest female singers and has been nicknamed the Goddess Of Pop. She has released many critically and commercially acclaimed singles, such as “All I Really Want To Do”, “If I Could Turn Back Time” and “Believe”. She’s also had a successful film career, appearing in The Witches Of Eastwick, Mermaids and Moonstruck. Cher was shocked to find out that Macy’s carried the Trump line and singed a petition for Macy’s to drop the line. She sent out a Tweet calling Trump a “racist cretin who’d lie like “his rug” to get some cheap press.” Not surprisingly at all, Donald fired back with a vengeance. Trump said, “I don’t wear ‘a rug’- It’s mine. And I promise not to talk about your massive plastic surgeries that didn’t work.” It’s safe to say that Cher has no intention to vote for Trump. The two still occasionally go back and forth on Twitter.
8) Donald Trump VS Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart is best known as the host of The Daily Show. The Daily Show is a satirical political news show that pokes fun at politics and the media. The show has won several Emmy Awards. Nobody is safe from the jokes of Stewart, not even a mogul like Trump. In 2013, during an episode of The Daily Show, Stewart joked that Trump’s birth name is “F***Face Von Clownstick”. Although it was a throwaway joke, Trump wouldn’t let it go. Trump responded on Twitter claiming that the joke wasn’t funny, and that Stewart stole it from Twitter. The Daily Show issued this statement, “Can’t an overrated Jew have a complicated relationship with his dad without being accused of hiding his heritage? #F***FaceVonClownstick.”
7) Donald Trump VS David Letterman
David Letterman is best known has the host of the Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night With David Letterman. In 2011, during an episode of The Late Show, the topic of Trump and The President’s birth certificate came up. Letterman said, “It’s all fun, it’s all a circus, it’s a rodeo, until it starts to smack of racism. And then it’s no longer fun.” Trump responded in the New York Post, noting that he was “disappointed” by Letterman’s comments and denied being a racist. He also cancelled his then upcoming appearance on the Late Show. Trump would eventually appear on Late Show again in 2015. Letterman retired in early 2015 from hosting The Late Show. However, he came out of retirement for one night only after Trump announced his intention to run for President. Letterman preformed a Top Ten List of interesting facts about Donald Trump at a Steve Martin and Martin Short live performance. Letterman wasted no time going after Donald’s Achilles heel with number 10 on the list being, “That thing on his head was the gopher in Caddyshack.”
6) Donald Trump VS Seth Meyers
Seth Meyers is the current host of Late Night with Seth Meyers. In 2011, Seth spoke at the White House Correspondents Dinner and Trump was in attendance. Meyers made several hilarious jokes at the expense of Trump, such as, “Donald Trump has been saying that he will run for president as a Republican, which is surprising because I just assumed he was running as a joke” and “Donald Trump often appears on Fox, which is ironic, because a fox often appears on Donald Trump’s head.” Seth’s jokes were met with laughter from the crowd and he even had Obama laughing. Trump on the other hand, was clearly not impressed. He later said that Seth is “not talented”. He also said that Seth stumbles over his words and talks “with marbles” in his mouth. Now that Donald is running for President, Seth would love to have him on his show. Seth said “We’ve had some issues in the past … we need to work through some stuff and I think doing it on television would be a lot of fun.”
5) Donald Trump VS Bill Maher
Bill Maher currently hosts the talk show, Real Time With Bill Maher. He is a comedian, media critic and political commentator. When Donald demanded to see The President’s birth certificate, Maher (as a joke) stated that Trump might be the product of an orangutan and Donald’s mother having sex. He offered Trump $5 million for his birth certificate to prove that he’s not the offspring of an orangutan. Bill felt there was a striking resemblance between the hair of an orangutan and Donald’s hair. Trump was none too pleased with Maher’s comments. Bill Maher received a letter from Trump’s lawyer with the birth certificate that proved Trump is not the son of an orangutan. When Bill didn’t pay the $5 million, Trump sued him. Maher responded on his show and said, “This is known as parody and is something in the business we call a joke.” Trump has since dropped the lawsuit that many considered to be frivolous.
4) Donald Trump VS President Barack Obama
Barack Obama is the current and 44th President of the United States. He was first elected in 2008 and re-elected in 2012. He’s the first ever African-American President. Obama was born in Hawaii on August 4, 1961. However, Donald was not convinced that Obama is an American, and went on a media blitz and demanded to see The President’s long form birth certificate. At first Obama refused such a ridiculous request, but realized that the media was more focused on that than more serious matters. Despite releasing his birth certificate, Trump is still not convinced. Following Obama’s re-election, Trump had a meltdown on Twitter. At the 2011 White House Correspondents Dinner, Obama got in some great jabs at Trump who was in attendance. Obama said he was glad to put the birth certificate issue behind him so that Trump can “finally go back to focusing on the issues that matter, like: did we fake the moon landing? What really happens in Roswell? And where are Biggie and Tupac?”
3) Donald Trump VS Latino Celebrities
Donald Trump made several controversial comments during his announcement to run for President. One of the comments being a “promise” to build a “great, great wall” to keep the Mexicans out. Many Latino celebs voiced their displeasure for Trump and felt his comments were racist. Rapper Pitbull has stated that he will no longer stay at Trump’s hotels. Pitbull also warned Donald to “watch his back” for drug kingpin Jouquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who recently escaped from prison. El Chapo clearly did not like the comments made by Trump and put a $1 million bounty on Donald, dead or alive. Trump increased his security after the threat was made. Celebrities Roselyn Sanchez and Cistian de la Fuente have dropped out as the co-hosts for the Spanish language simulcast of the Miss USA pageant. Other Latino celebs that have spoken out against Trump include, Ricky Martin, Eva Longoria and Shakira.
2) Donald Trump VS Rosie O’ Donnell
Rosie O’Donnell is best known for hosting The Rosie O’Donnell Show and as the former moderator on The View. In 2006, during an episode of The View, Rosie criticized Trump for a press conference he held in which he was giving Miss USA Tara Conner a second chance after she violated Miss USA guidelines. Rosie did an impression of Donald that Trump didn’t seem too pleased with. She also felt that Trump isn’t the best moral compass for 20 year olds based on his failed marriages and infidelity.
Trump proceeded to unleash on Rosie and appeared on several TV and Radio shows tearing Rosie apart. He called her a “bully”, “loser” and made several derogatory comments about her weight. Rosie has said that it was one of the worst cases of bullying she ever experienced. Although in a bit of a surprise, Donald wished her well and a quick recovery after she suffered a heart attack in 2012.
1) Donald Trump VS Michael Forbes
Michael Forbes is not a comedian, actor, or politician. Michael Forbes is a farmer from Aberdeenshire, Scotland. In 2006, Trump purchased land in Scotland with plans to create the world’s most phenomenal golf resort and complex. Donald’s plan was to include up to three 5 star golf courses, 500 private homes, roughly 1,000 guest homes and a luxury hotel. However, it meant that several farmers living on the land were going to be forced out and the beautiful land would be destroyed. The locals stood up to Trump and many refused to sell. One in particular, Michael Forbes, refused to sell or be bullied. Trump often referred to Forbes’ land has a “slum” and “pigsty”. The documentary You’ve Been Trumped, chronicled the farmer’s struggle against the powerful tycoon. The building of the course disrupted the lives of the farmers. Their power was cut and water supply was broken. Trump’s crew fenced off a piece of land that belonged to Forbes, despite proof that they were crossing boundaries. Donald often ignored the fact that the property and land belonged to Michael Forbes.
In 2012, Michael Forbes won the prestigious Top Scot Award in Scotland for his courage and bravery to stand up to Donald Trump.