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Donald Trump is firing back at Bill Cosby after the actor/comedian commented on his potential bid for the White House telling him to either “run or shut up.”

On an episode of the “Today Show”, Cosby told host Meredith Viera that he was sick of hearing the business mogul talk about a possible 2012 Presidential run and wished he’d keep quiet or take action.

Oh, please, with Donald Trump, take him home with you! […] You run or shut up!”

Trump obviously got word of his comments and prepared a statement defending himself and accusing Cosby of having “hatred pouring out of his eyes.”

According to Trump he was put off by the criticism considering that he and Cosby have met several times and the comedian even offered to take him to dinner

He also adds that Cosby—“an obvious Obama fan” greeted him in his green room before bashing him on-air.

Trump writes,

“The other day on The Today Show, right after I was interviewed by Meredith Vieira, a terrific person and reporter, I happened to watch Bill Cosby who was on at the end of the show. While I have never been a fan of Cosby’s, I had always assumed he liked or respected me because every time I met him—the last time at the David Letterman show where I preceded him as a guest—he was always so nice, saying “let’s get together”—asking me out to dinner, and being polite to the point of offering to buy me a suit because he has a “great tailor.”

In any event, as I watched the show, the subject of Donald Trump came up.  I was surprised to hear him blabber, somewhat incoherently “you run or shut up.” The hatred was pouring out of his eyes when he said this. As I am sure he must know I cannot run until this season of Celebrity Apprentice ends. I know that he has taken a lot of heat over the years  in that he seems to be talking down to the people he’s talking to and purportedly trying to help. Actually, based on the way he acted, things are not looking too good for Cosby.

I wish he would be more honest, and if he doesn’t want me to run because he’s obviously an Obama fan, he should state the reasons and not come into my “green room” in front of numerous witnesses and treat me like his best friend, only to denigrate me when I’m not around.”

Cosby has yet to respond.


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