Jon Stewart Ridicules Donald Trump’s Early Poll Result Hype: ‘Premature Ecalculation’

Jon Stewart returned from a week off to catch up on the continued media hype surrounding Donald Trump’s unlikely publicity tour in which he has shamelessly flirted with a presidential run. And while all the skeptics in the world can claim that his White House campaigning has been about promoting his own brand (or reality TV show), early poll results indicate that likely GOP voters see Trump as a front runner. About those early poll results though…Mr. Stewart seems to think that we may be getting ahead of ourselves.

Watch the video from Comedy Central below:

De Niro To Trump: Don’t Say Things Unless You Can Back It Up, ‘How Dare You’

Last night at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, Robert De Niro sat down for an interview with NBC’s Brian Williams and shared his opinion about today’s politics. De Niro didn’t approve of Republican tactics during budget negotiations, but a bit more interesting, was the fact that the Oscar winner is now joining a growing list of celebrities who are lashing out at Donald Trump.

Speaking about the potential government shutdown, De Niro was quoted according to Movieline saying:

“How did we get to this point? . . . This is crazy. And I know Obama was trying to bridge the gap. His intentions are really good. Maybe some things are not as good as we all would like, but his intentions were right. A lot of these guys, they’re intentions are not even good. They’re just playing the game. And they’re playing with people’s lives.”

However, when talk turned to Trump, De Niro got even more pointed with his comments. At first De Niro tried to avoid making his comments specific, suggesting any potential political candidate “get the facts before you start saying things about people.” However, when Williams pressed whether De Niro was talking about Trump, De Niro confirmed and stated:

“It’s like a big hustle. It’s like being a car salesman. Don’t go out there and say things unless you can back them up. How dare you? That’s awful to do. To just go out and speak and say these terrible things? Unless you just wanna get over and get the job. It’s crazy.”

If Trump keeps angering celebrities like this, then if he decides for some reason not to run for President, there might be no one left willing to do another season of Celebrity Apprentice!

(h/t Movieline)

Charlie Sheen Tells Live Audience ‘Why You Shouldn’t’ Vote For Donald Trump

Donald Trump has been on the offensive as of late complaining about President Obama and his policies, yet now celebrities are on the attack. First it was Jerry Seinfeld expressing his disapproval of Trump’s political rhetoric, and now Charlie Sheen has put Trump in the crosshairs of his “Violent Torpedo of Truth.” Our sister site GossipCop is reporting that a pair of cufflinks Trump gave to Sheen are the source of Sheen’s anger.

During his live show at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida, Sheen revealed that Trump once gave Sheen what Trump claimed were platinum-and-diamond Harry Winston cufflinks worth $100,000. Sheen’s story that followed, according to GossipCop:

Sheen recalled the appraiser took a look at the platinum-and-diamond cufflinks and told him they weren’t platinum, they were “f’n tin,” and the diamonds were zirconias. Sheen claimed the appraiser put Trump’s supposedly generous gift at “maybe worth $60.”

Trump never likes when someone disputes the value of anything associated with him, so it’s likely Trump won’t resist the opportunity to respond. And with Sheen as the target, Trump is likely to have a field day.

Fox News Watch Panelist: Trump Is Good TV, Taking On Media’s ‘Arrogant Little Snots’

The Fox News Watch panel attempted to determine whether Donald Trump was an attraction or a distraction for the media and basically concluded the symbiotic relationship is both good for ratings and good for Trump. Yet although the conservative panelists enjoyed Trump arguing with many in the “elite media,” the liberal commentators worried journalists were wasting their time treating Trump seriously.

Kirsten Powers argued “the minute he started with this Birther stuff he should just be ignored” and given many of his other “crazy claims,” thought he should no longer be treated as a serious person. Jim Pinkerton disagreed and suggested Trump is raising other significant issues that “nobody in the elite wants to address” like what are we still doing fighting in Afghanistan? Furthermore, after showing a clip of Trump’s agitated interview on Good Morning America, Pinkerton declared:

“Trump is obviously good television. He’s saying to George Stephanopoulos and all the rest of them exactly what 2/3 of the American people would like to say which is ‘why are you these little arrogant snots making millions of dollars telling us what to think?’”

Rich Lowry agreed that Trump’s best characteristic so far might be his eagerness to take on anyone in the media. Lowry thought “the more disdain [Trump's interviewers] show for him and the more combative with him they are on the air, the better it is for him . . . people hate the media, they hate the establishment and even if this guy is a braggart and a joker and obnoxious, they love to see him sticking his finger in everyone’s eyes.”

Plus there’s something purely entertaining about watching someone so unpredictable and willing to say anything at anytime. Yet it remains to be seen whether Trump’s unique personality that makes him such a huge television draw would be able to be translated into any type of political success.

Watch the clip from Fox News below:

Fox News Watch Panelist: Trump Is Good TV, Taking On Media’s ‘Arrogant Little Snots’

The Fox News Watch panel attempted to determine whether Donald Trump was an attraction or a distraction for the media and basically concluded the symbiotic relationship is both good for ratings and good for Trump. Yet although the conservative panelists enjoyed Trump arguing with many in the “elite media,” the liberal commentators worried journalists were wasting their time treating Trump seriously.

Kirsten Powers argued “the minute he started with this Birther stuff he should just be ignored” and given many of his other “crazy claims,” thought he should no longer be treated as a serious person. Jim Pinkerton disagreed and suggested Trump is raising other significant issues that “nobody in the elite wants to address” like what are we still doing fighting in Afghanistan? Furthermore, after showing a clip of Trump’s agitated interview on Good Morning America, Pinkerton declared:

“Trump is obviously good television. He’s saying to George Stephanopoulos and all the rest of them exactly what 2/3 of the American people would like to say which is ‘why are you these little arrogant snots making millions of dollars telling us what to think?’”

Rich Lowry agreed that Trump’s best characteristic so far might be his eagerness to take on anyone in the media. Lowry thought “the more disdain [Trump's interviewers] show for him and the more combative with him they are on the air, the better it is for him . . . people hate the media, they hate the establishment and even if this guy is a braggart and a joker and obnoxious, they love to see him sticking his finger in everyone’s eyes.”

Plus there’s something purely entertaining about watching someone so unpredictable and willing to say anything at anytime. Yet it remains to be seen whether Trump’s unique personality that makes him such a huge television draw would be able to be translated into any type of political success.

Watch the clip from Fox News below:

Donald Trump Phones In To Challenge Eliot Spitzer On Net Worth Speculation

While other potential presidential candidates are doing their best to ingratiate themselves with the general American public, Donald Trump has adopted the bizarre and profoundly entertaining strategy of calling up his detractors in the media individually and making them explain themselves. Yesterday’s victim was Eliot Spitzer, who had mocked Trump’s financial hyperbole, and was now presented with the task of doing so to Trump on national television.

Unlike, say, his private conversation with Charles Krauthammer, Trump called up In the Arena ready for battle– given Spitzer’s history in New York real estate, this is not the first time the pair engage. Trump did not take Spitzer’s orders to “fire away” lightly: “One or two people called me up and said it was a very unfair piece,” Trump noted of Spitzer’s initial investigative segment, immediately articulating his disappointment with Spitzer. “I was a fan of yours,” he lamented, “and I was a little bit surprised to see you do a negative piece.” Noting the disappointment, Spitzer replied that he was still “a fan” and that “I love the bravado,” and ceded that, since Trump’s is a private company, much of his work was speculative.

Trump chipped away from there. “You don’t know where I come from or what I own,” he noted, and corrected his initial claims that his net worth had been valued by several banks to be billions of dollars lower that what Trump had boasted. Rather than Deutsche and North Folk Banks claiming Trump had “only” $750 million in net worth, as Spitzer claimed, Trump argued that this was a threshhold worth he had to meet in order to arrive at loans, such that the valuations were made with no real intent to chronicle his full worth. “This is many years ago… you had to have a net worth of over a certain amount in order to do a loan,” he explained. “Once the loan amount was hit, it didn’t make any difference what it was.”

Spitzer was unconvinced, but by the second and third times he tried to get Trump to admit the banks had valued him at significantly less than he boasted, the answers out of Trump were new boasts, like “I have built a great company” and “you’re wasting a lot of time on your show” with something that “you’ll find out, very likely soon.” Exasperated, Spitzer got straight to the point: “what is your net worth?” Trump wouldn’t say, but claimed it was “substantially in excess” of Forbes‘ estimate: $2.7 billion.

Spitzer’s confrontation with Trump via CNN below:

Factor Panel Debates Obama’s ‘Class Warfare’ Vs. Trump’s ‘Cult Of Celebrity’

With 2012 looming ever nearer, the economy is taking center stage in national politics, causing some concern over the possibility of “class warfare” erupting in protests and election booths across the country. On last night’s O’Reilly Factor, host Juan Williams played referee to radio host Leslie Marshall, who was convinced “we already have class warfare,” and Andrew Breitbart, who blamed the left for said animus.

“I’m worried about class warfare being played up into the summer,” a wary Breitbart noted with regard to the Democrats’ opposition to the Bush tax cuts and liberal rhetoric on sacrifices the rich must make, “making it appear as if every rich person is greedy.” He didn’t quite manage to convince Marshall of the danger, as she believed class warfare already existed as “the working middle class are being annihilated in America” while the rich pay little taxes: “the haves are not taking care of the have nots.” What Marshall saw as the President sticking to his word– “he has always said he did not want an extension of the Bush tax cuts”– Breitbart retorted was language that “demonized… the people who make the jobs,” which did nothing positive to the economy.

Looking to the future, it appeared, at least, that neither Breitbart nor Marshall was particularly happy with the rise of Donald Trump, at least as a real contender. Marshall, however, diverted from both Breitbart and Williams in seeing the possibility of Trump winning. “He’s got no experience, but a lot of celebrity,” she noted, highlighting that, there in California, they had already seen at least one “governator” take power based almost entirely on celebrity– “don’t underestimate the Donald!” Williams accused Marshall of being “Machiavellian” for encouraging his run, noting that it would almost certainly guarantee President Obama’s reelection. On Breitbart’s end, he didn’t even believe Trump was a conservative: “he was for Nancy Pelosi before he was against Nancy Pelosi,” he argued, though conceding that “celebrity is everything in this country.”

The segment via Fox News below: