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Donald Trump Fires Back At David Letterman For Calling Him A Racist

First Posted: 05/02/11 09:40 AM ET Updated: 07/02/11 06:12 AM ET

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Donald Trump has another celebrity rival. And it's not Seth Meyers.

Last Thursday night, "Late Show" host David Letterman, who has had Trump on his show a number of times over the years, dropped his harshest criticism on the potential Republican candidate for President, smacking him with charges of racism.

"But then this nonsense about 'Oh, how did he get into Harvard, how did he get into Columbia, I'd like to see his grades from Occidental, how was he able to write such a memoir?'" Letterman said, paraphrasing Trump's criticism of Obama's educational record, the strangely chosen issue that the real estate magnate moved to after Obama produced his long-form birth certificate. "That's taking on a whole different point of view as far as I'm concerned... Other people are not amused by this tactic. And by the way, nobody should be amused by that."

After guest Dr. Phil's lukewarm defense of Trump, Letterman continued his verbal assault on Trump's integrity.

"My point is it's all fun, it's all circus, it's all a rodeo, until it starts to smack of racism," he said. "And then it's no longer fun... I have heard enough really smart people to convince me that yes, that is very, very insulting... How can you say things like that if you're not a racist?"

Letterman would go on to say that if Trump did come on his show -- and he was unsure if he even wanted him to do so -- he would be expecting an apology from Trump for his behavior.

The harsh words didn't sit quite well with Trump, who was also smacked around at the White House Correspondents dinner by both President Obama and host Seth Meyers. According to the NY Post, which seems to be Trump's personal courier, the maybe-candidate fired off a letter to the CBS late night host to both defend himself and hit back as best he could.

"I was disappointed to hear the statements you made about me last night on your show that I was a 'racist,'" Trump wrote. "In actuality, nothing could be further from the truth and there is nobody who is less of a racist than Donald Trump... Based upon your statements, and despite the fact that we have always done so well together, especially in your ratings, I am canceling my May 18th appearance on your show."

Letterman probably won't be too upset; earlier in the week, he mocked Trump in an interview with political commentator/comedian Bill Maher, with the two even making a bet as to whether the "Celebrity Apprentice" host would actually run for President.

Letterman and Maher join a cadre of celebrities that have hit out against Trump. Most prominent amongst them: Jerry Seinfeld, who drew his own letter from Trump after pulling out of a charity event over Trump's birther campaign; and Robert De Niro, who smacked down The Donald during a talk at Tribeca Film Festival.

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Filed by Jordan Zakarin  |