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About (Late) Last Night: David Letterman calls Donald Trump 'racist' [Video]

April 29, 2011 |  8:34 am


On Thursday night, Dr. Phil stopped by "The Late Show" to promote his talk show, but David Letterman had only one thing on his mind: Donald Trump.

Apparently, Dr. Phil is friends with the incendiary real estate tycoon, and Letterman asked what he thought of Trump's recent behavior.  Dr. Phil tried to laugh it off, joking that maybe Trump was hoping to convert the White House into a condo. Letterman, who clearly had a bee in his bonnet, wasn't having it.

"It's all fun, it's all a circus, it's all a rodeo, until it starts to smack of racism. And then it's no longer fun," he said. Letterman was particularly troubled by Trump's latest line of inquiry -- how President Obama managed to transfer into Columbia, then gain acceptance at Harvard Law School. (For what it's worth, Trump also transferred into an Ivy League school, the University of Pennsylvania.) 

Letterman asked Dr. Phil, point-blank, "Do you consider him to be a racist?"

"I do not," he replied.

"Well how can you say things like that if you're not a racist?"

"I don't think he always thinks everything through," Dr. Phil said in a bit of an understatement. "I think sometimes he's a little from the hip. I don't think he has a racist bone in this body."

Letterman was not so ready to forgive. "If he comes back on this show, and I'm not sure we want him back under those circumstances, but he ought to be prepared to apologize just for that kind of behavior."

Trump has always been a divisive and easily ridiculed figure, but this week, he seems to have reached a new low. Will "The Donald" become a pariah?


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