Donald Trump’s pledge to donate $5 million to President Barack Obama’s favorite charity if he releases his college transcripts and applications has made the billionaire a laughing stock.
Political pundits and celebrities alike are criticizing Donald for the bold and “offensive” offer that attempted to resurrect questions about the president’s credentials and eligibility to even hold the office.
Donald’s self-proclaimed friend and “The View” host, Barbara Walters, told the “Celebrity Apprentice” host that he’s embarrassing himself.
“You know that I’m your friend, and I think you are a brilliant businessman, and you are great on television, and you have a fascinating personality. Donald, you’re making a fool of yourself,” she said. “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.”
Wendy Williams wondered whether Donald continues to question Obama because he’s a Black man.
“Sex and the City” star Sarah Jessica Parker called Donald a “boob” and a “jackass.”
“It’s beneath us to comment on it. It’s offensive. It’s ridiculous. It’s inflammatory and it’s self-serving. I think our president’s response was the most elegant,” said Sarah on “Access Hollywood Live.”
When asked about Donald’s offer on “The Tonight Show,” the president made light of it and joked about the origins of their long-standing feud.
“This all dates back to when we were growing up together in Kenya,” President Obama told Jay Leno’s audience. “We had constant run-ins on the soccer field. He wasn’t very good.”
According to the president, even though he and Donald have been in the same room before, they haven’t actually met.
While he’s getting plenty of negative feedback, and possibly hurting Mitt Romney’s campaign, Donald isn’t backing down.
“If there’s nothing wrong with his applications, if everything’s fine, why wouldn’t he do it?” asked Donald on “Piers Morgan Tonight.”
Comedian and political commentator, Stephen Colbert, reacted to Donald’s million-dollar idea with an interesting counteroffer.
Watch Stephen Colbert below. (May not be appropriate for younger audiences)
Watch Obama on "The Tonight Show."
—Tracy L. Scott