Add news legend Barbara Walters to the chorus of Donald Trump critics. The View boss has blasted the billionaire over a fizzled out “big announcement” that he initially promised could change the presidential race between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney.
On Wednesday, the real estate magnate — who has long attempted to prove that Obama was born in Kenya and not Hawaii — offered President Barack Obama $5 million for the charity of his choice if he agreed to release his college records and certain passport information. The offer was widely seen as a huge publicity stunt.
Speaking on her AM gabfest, Walters bluntly made her point, despite adding that Trump remains her friend and is “a brilliant businessman and fascinating personality.”
“Donald, you’re making a fool of yourself,” Babs said, getting heavy applause from The View audience. “You’re not hurting Obama, you’re hurting Donald, and that hurts me because you’re a decent man. Stop it. Get off it Donald.”
Trump tweeted a response to Walters:
“Barbara, unfortunately you’ve missed the entire point of my announcement — you just don’t get it!”
He also predicted Walters would eventually “apologize to me just like she did when I was right about @Rosie. Besides, I get great ratings on The View.”