Mark Cuban: ‘Donald Trump Is A First Class Idiot’
First Published: September 26, 2007 2:34 PM EDT Credit: AP / Access Hollywood
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Fresh off his “Dancing With the Stars” debut, Mark Cuban took the first step in rekindling his feud with Donald Trump.
Cuban, the notoriously outspoken NBA owner, called out The Donald after Trump ripped into Dan Rather earlier in the day.
“In an interview today, Donald Trump was very critical of a man you know well, Dan Rather,” Access Hollywood’s Tony Potts told Cuban as he stepped off the “Dance” floor. “He called him, like Donald does many people, a loser.”
“Donald Trump is a first class idiot,” a candid Cuban responded. “Donald Trump, you’re an idiot.”
In an appearance on CNN’s “The Situation Room,” Trump took a shot at Rather over his $70 million lawsuit against CBS.
“Dan Rather is a loser. I used to say whoever represents Dan does a great job because he always was in third place and had terrible ratings and they didn’t fire him. And now finally, they get smart and fire him and he sues. Explain it to me, I don’t get it,” Trump said. “I think he feels left out. I think he feels like a loser and that’s what he is.”
Cuban, the man behind HDNET and Rather’s new boss on “Dan Rather Reports,” took exception with his former adversary’s comments.
“Nothing that comes out of his mouth has any validity or any value,” Cuban continued to Tony.
“The reality is, you can’t go back and say Donald Trump was successful at anything other than one thing. Trump water, Trump magazine, Trump dolls, Trump steak, Trump vodka. When you’re so desperate to make a dollar, you have to put your name on everything and then you have to comment on everything because you know… you have to build everything off of denigrating somebody else.”