Fri, January 5, 2007
Ivanka says Rosie O’Donnell has bullied people for a long time.
NEW YORK — Donald Trump got some support yesterday in his war of words with Rosie O’Donnell — from his 25-year-old daughter, Ivanka.
Ivanka, a vice-president of real estate development at the Trump Organization, appeared on NBC’s Today show with her father to promote The Apprentice, which begins its new season Sunday. She will be joining Trump in the boardroom.
Today co-host Meredith Vieira’s first questions were about Trump’s feud with O’Donnell, the outspoken moderator of The View. The 44-year-old comedian was hired by series creator Barbara Walters after Vieira left the ABC show last year to join Today.
Ivanka said O’Donnell had “instigated” the exchange of verbal hostilities and had been “bullying people for a long time.”
“I think it was unfair, it was uncalled for and, quite frankly, there was no reason for it,” she said of O’Donnell’s recent remarks, which include saying The Donald has been “bankrupt so many times.”
“As my father said, she, too, has had a lot of second chances,” Ivanka said. “You know, there’s nothing surprising about the fact that my dad’s gonna come back with a vengeance anytime anyone says anything negative against him.”
Trump, a self-professed “fighter,” became defensive when Vieira said his comments about O’Donnell — he’s called her a “slob” among other insults — were so, well, mean.
“I have no choice because every time I go into an interview, people ask me about Rosie,” he said. “So I respond by saying she’s not very intelligent, which she’s not, she’s had many failures in her life, which she has — and I respond.”
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