It apparently wouldn’t be a debate without Donald Trump saying something derogatory about Rosie O’Donnell.
Toward the end of Monday’s presidential debate, the GOP nominee called out O’Donnell while discussing how he decided against doing something “extremely rough” to opponent Hillary Clinton and her family.
“Rosie O’Donnell, I said very tough things to her, and I think everybody would agree that she deserves it, and nobody feels sorry for her,” Trump said. “But you want to know the truth. I was going to say something extremely rough to Hillary, to her family, and I said to myself, ‘I can’t do it. I just can’t do it. It’s inappropriate. It’s not nice.’ She’s spent hundreds of millions of dollars on negative ads on me, many of which are absolutely untrue … I will tell you this Lester [Holt]: It’s not nice, and I don’t deserve that.”
The jab was the latest in a long line of comments Trump has made against O’Donnell, including during a back-and-forth with Megyn Kelly at the Republican Primary debate in August 2015.
“You’ve called women you don’t like ‘fat pigs,’ ‘dogs,’ ‘slobs,’ and ‘disgusting animals’… ” Kelly said at the time. Trump interrupted her with a quip: “Only Rosie O’Donnell,” he said.
Before last year’s debate, Trump had previously called O’Donnell a “true loser” and a “total loser” on Twitter. He also cited O’Donnell as being “crude, rude, obnoxious, and dumb.”
On Twitter, O’Donnell responded to a user who had wrote the actress had been “burned so hard by President Trump,” writing, “HE WILL NEVER BE PRESIDENT.”
Prior to that tweet, O’Donnell posted a tweet with a video of her 3-year-old daughter, Dakota, along with the caption, “while not watching …” Perhaps not coincidentally, O’Donnell titled the video “the art of the deal” — which is also the title of Trump’s 1987 book, written with Tony Schwartz.
Last year, O’Donnell called Trump’s presidential campaign a “nightmare.”