Trump takes aim at Bill Cosby
April 12th, 2011
10:46 AM ET
4 years ago

Trump takes aim at Bill Cosby

Washington (CNN) - Business mogul Donald Trump is aiming his latest war of words against Bill Cosby, saying the famous comedian is "incoherent" and "dishonest"

Trump's outburst – which came in a written statement Monday – followed comments last week by Cosby during an appearance on NBC's Today Show, during which he declared Trump either needs to run for president now or "shut up."

"I was surprised to hear him blabber, somewhat incoherently 'you run or shut up,'" Trump said in the statement. "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."

Trump added Cosby had been friendly to him during a previous encounter backstage at The Late Show with David Lettermen, having then offered to buy the reality television star a suit.

"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," Trump said in the statement.


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soundoff (82 Responses)
  1. Jon

    Everybody denigrates Trump when he's not around. EVERYBODY.

    April 12, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  2. John

    Now why would Trump assume he is an Obama fan? Interesting....

    April 12, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  3. kmp

    Oh did someone get his feelings hurt. Cosby is right though, yes we all realize you cannot run til the end of May, sooooo untill then Shut up.

    April 12, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  4. ThinkAgain

    Wow, guess we should add "The Whiner" to "The Donald's" nicknames!

    Bill Cosby tells Trump to put up or shut up and Trump gets all huffy, saying he feels "denigrated"?

    Talk about thin-skinned ... perfect running mate for the Quitta from Wasilla ...

    April 12, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  5. Laverne

    Bill Cosby has more integrity and class in his baby toe than Donald Trump has in his entire body. Trump is dislusional and is one of the biggest liars of all times. He can take his crooked financial dealings and go straight to hell!

    April 12, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  6. Scott

    Really?! Where is this country when our canidates for President say, "As I am sure he must know I cannot run until this season of Celebrity Apprentice ends."

    April 12, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  7. jjheinis

    Spoken like a true Republican. Uses bankruptcy (sic) as a business tactic.

    April 12, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Uh, Mr. Trump. You shouldn't go there. Cosby is giving you all of the rope you need to demonstrate why your personality is not suited for the office of POTUS. Donald, you are swatting at flies. The picture you are painting of yourself is that you are somewhat of a loose cannon.

    We already know that you have a temper. You are showing us that you are someone who would be all to eager to use the nuclear option to make his point. You are not presidential material, Donald. You are sounding more like a mafia boss, than a seriouis candidate. Offering challenges, Donald? That's simply nuts.

    April 12, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  9. Susan

    I agree with Crosby. Yes we know Trump can't declare to run until Apprentice is ended. Trump needs to give his input to getting the country on track, not rant on an already proven fact that Obama was born in Hawaii.

    April 12, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  10. Sniffit

    "I am sure he must know I cannot run until this season of Celebrity Apprentice ends."

    Precisely the kind of statement a "potential future President of the United States" should be making. Why, if I didn't know better, this reveals him as even MORE qualified.

    CNN: All GOP talking point dissemination, all the time.

    April 12, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  11. KingPellinore

    Uh oh. You don't mess with Cosby.

    April 12, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  12. Dare Taiwo

    Donald Trump is becoming a joke. His mouth runs like a faulty faucet. I just wish he should either contest now or keep his peace.

    April 12, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  13. Name king

    Trump even though I give you prop about being the one person to stand up against big oil, and not doing what these scary other repugs doing by deflecting blame to Obama, allowing their big oil friends to dooms they please with the American consumers. But their is a line that you must respect, would you want someone to demagogue your friend based upon lies which every one knows and some want to accept because they hate Obama that much. Wouldn't you try to defend your friend if you know he wasn't defending himself, especially when you knows the things they are saying about him are proven by facts to be untrue, wouldn't you?

    April 12, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  14. Nick

    What is Trump thinking?! Nice Donald, go after one of the most beloved entertainers in America, a guy praised by both the left and right. That will help your chances of winning a national election. And by the way, ease off the tanning. I don't think social conservatives are crazy about metrosexuals.

    April 12, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  15. JD

    Donald, please do all Democrats a favor and run for president. Unfortunately, you'd never win the Republican nomination, but if you did you'd assure an easy reelection for Obama.

    April 12, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  16. Lyn

    Well said Bill, Trump is the biggest looser he should just SHUT UP, God help us all if he ever become our President.

    April 12, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  17. Carolyn in SD

    Cosby is incoherent and dishonest? Trump is the most narcissistic and egotistical jerk out there. I'll take Cosby over Trump any day of the week.

    April 12, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  18. rusty155

    No Donald Trump he just know you can't win and you are nothing but a blow hard. And do something to that mop you call hair. And go file for bankrupt again , what will It be nine or ten time.

    April 12, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  19. Karl Jonas

    Now Trump is trashing Bill Cosby? "Blabber incoherently?" "Hatred pouring out?" Really? Just cause Cosby said, essentially, "put up or shut up?" Trump has got to be the most insecure person on the planet. He has to lash out at anyone who disagrees with him. Of course it's perfectly OK for Trump to trash the President relentlessly, on personal grounds. Constantly telling everyone how his sh*t is "the best" and "the gold standard." People who constantly have to tell you how great they are are suffering from poor self esteem. Trump is the poster boyfor that.

    April 12, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  20. Nadeem

    Trump is a lower who has bankrupted more companies than he has built. Hiding behind America's corporate friendly bankruptcy laws is not honorable.

    April 12, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  21. thomas

    I cannot run until this season of Celebrity Apprentice ends. " Reality television star Nation " !
    Donald Trump / Gary Busey 2012

    April 12, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  22. Dave

    "because he's obviously an Obama fan" pretty funny. Cosby is a known conservative for the most part.

    Trump is NOT running anyway, it is all for one thing:

    PUBLICITY

    April 12, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  23. Steve in Denver

    Yes, the donald, it is a conspiracy against you. A lot of us are tired of the dozen R "candidates" who are "not running." He must be drinking Obama's kool-aid because he doesn't worship your greedy, gluttonous behind.

    Your birther fallacy is becomming more clearly a pattern with you. Are you drying to out-Beck Beck?

    April 12, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  24. Swagger

    Trump is now the male version of Palin

    April 12, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  25. PAT

    Trump says Cosby blabbers? I think it's the other way around.

    April 12, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
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