Yesterday, we reported that MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell had accused Donald Trump of lying on his personal finance disclosure form when he claimed that he made over $200 million on 14 seasons of The Apprentice.
Enraged, Trump immediately called in to Morning Joe, the program on which O’Donnell made the accusations, and adamantly denied that he had lied. He then challenged O’Donnell to find proof that he wasn’t being truthful, and said that if the MSNBC was able to find this, he would give him an entire year’s salary.
Considering the fact that Trump makes hundreds of millions of dollars a year, this would be quite a lot of money.
O’Donnell remained silent about the challenge until last night’s episode of Last Word. According to Mediaite, a desperate O’Donnell used the opening monologue of this show to apologize for his comments and beg for forgiveness:
Now for a few words about Donald Trump. I like him. […] When I met Donald Trump just three months ago, Donald was making his grand entrance in the ballroom of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner and I was sitting alone at a table minding my own business. He spotted me, called my name. And watch what he did. He stretches out his hand for a handshake. That — he does that to a guy who savaged him four years ago when he was talking about running for president.
[…] Donald is now bothered by my disbelief that I’ve expressed about how much money NBC paid him as the star of The Apprentice series. And today Donald came up with a better idea than threatening to sue me this time. He challenged me to bet 100 percent of my salary that I am wrong about his NBC income. Now where I come from, no one settled their disagreements with bets because none of us had any money to bet.
So, no, Donald, there won’t be any bet because I would never bet about anything. […] And, I might be wrong. I have never said I know exactly how much Donald Trump made for the entire series. I don’t know. I’ve made semi-educated guesses about it and I don’t really care very much about it. […] I stupidly jumped into talking about it again onMorning Joe today where I, in effect, hijacked a few minutes of the show to talk about this thing that I know doesn’t matter.
[…] I don’t want the prize for the guy who uses the meanest words in the debate. I don’t want to be the angry guy about Donald Trump. Because I’m not. I had been eating up time that should have been devoted to Joe and Mika’s interview with April Ryan, who had just joined the panel to discuss her very important question to President Obama yesterday in the press conference about Bill Cosby.
Now, I am really sorry that I wasted the time that should have been focused on what April Ryan had to say.
Wow…That was pathetic! So pathetic in fact that Trump decided to show mercy on O’Donnell and revoke the challenge.
“Well, I’m very disappointed because I was really all set to go after him this morning,” Trump said after the show aired. “And now I feel guilty if I do that. I feel very, very guilty. A lot of interesting things.”
In the end, Trump won out big time from O’Donnell’s comments in that he exposed the MSNBC host as the pathetic coward that he is. Way to go, Donald!