Rosie O'Donnell called Donald Trump a "snake-oil salesman." He called her a "woman out of control." And then it started getting personal.
The brawl du jour began earlier this week with Trump's decision not to fire disgraced Miss USA Tara Conner. In the wake of the "second chance" press conference, O'Donnell took to her View soapbox to express her distaste for the Donald and his various wheelings and dealings.
"Left the first wife, had an affair, left the second wife, had an affair. Had kids both times, but he's the moral compass for 20-year-olds in America," O'Donnell said on Wednesday's View. "Donald, sit and spin, my friend."
She went on to discuss the Apprentice star's personal finances, claiming he went bankrupt—an assertion that he denies, as he has never personally filed for bankruptcy.
"This is not a self-made man," O'Donnell stated. "I just think he's a hot bag of wind, frankly, with bad hair."
Cue unbridled outrage from Trump, who threatened to sue the talk show host for making false statements.
"You can't make false statements," Trump said, per his publicist. "Rosie will rue the words she said. I'll most likely sue her for making those false statements—and it'll be fun. Rosie's a loser. A real loser. I look forward to taking lots of money from my nice fat little Rosie."
The personal attack didn't stop there. In an interview with the Insider Wednesday, Trump elaborated on his opinion of O'Donnell.
"Rosie O'Donnell is disgusting, both inside and out," he said. "You take a look at her, she's a slob. She talks like a truck driver."
Trump claimed O'Donnell attacked him personally because he was admittedly "very happy" about the failure of her eponymous talk show and magazine.
"I loved it, I gloat over it, I think it's wonderful because I like to see bad people fail," he said. "Rosie failed, I'm happy about it."
The business mogul went on to criticize Barbara Walters' decision to hire O'Donnell.
"I believe Barbara made a terrible mistake putting her on, and I think Barbara's probably paying a big price," he said. "If I were running The View, I'd fire Rosie. I mean, I'd look her right in that fat ugly face of hers, I'd say, 'Rosie, you're fired.' "
Trump then launched a mean-spirited attack on O'Donnell's personal life with partner Kelli Carpenter, with whom she is raising four children.
"Rosie's a person that's very lucky to have her girlfriend," Trump said. (Side note: glass houses, stones, etc.) "And she better be careful, or I'll send one of my friends over to pick up her girlfriend. Why would she stay with Rosie, if she had another choice?"
In response, O'Donnell took to her blog, where she posted a lengthy Wikipedia entry on Trump's finances, including his reported 1990 business bankruptcy and his supposed near brush with personal ruin.
She also posted one of her distinctive punctuation- and capitalization-free musings on the matter.
"loving the wiki/i use it/do u
"i will let u know if the donald sues me/or if kelli leaves me for one of his pals/dont u find him charming."
On Thursday's View, O'Donnell had little to say on the matter, beyond joking that she brought Carpenter to work with her.
"I brought Kelli here today. I was afraid to leave her at home, in case someone with a comb-over came over and stole her from me," she said.
She then said she wasn't going to discuss the situation further, making a disgusted face into the camera to drive her point home.
Walters, who is out of the country, but has stayed abreast of the situation while refusing to take sides, issued a statement Thursday stressing that she hopes the matter resolves itself in short order.
"Donald Trump is a personal friend of mine and has been a good friend to The View for many years. I'm sorry there is friction between Donald and Rosie," Walters said.
"That said, I do not regret for one moment my choice to hire Rosie O'Donnell as the moderator of The View. I certainly hope and expect that this tempest will pass quickly."