Lawrence O'Donnell received one of Donald Trump's infamous letters, and on his Friday show, he took the opportunity to savage Trump yet again.
Trump is well-known for sending critics angry letters, or press clippings with multiple handwritten notes on them. In the past few months, he sent a blistering letter to New York Times columnist Gail Collins, as well as one to Vanity Fair.
O'Donnell pointed out that (until Friday, at least) Trump had never sent him any such letters--odd, given the gleefully contemptuous way that O'Donnell targeted Trump during his public flirtation with a presidential run and his embrace of birtherism.
O'Donnell speculated that this was because Trump "knows I'm right about everything I say about him."
Now, though, O'Donnell had a full packet of documents to share. Trump had sent him a print-out of a Dana Milbank column and written on it, "Lawrence, thanks for all your help. Best Wishes, Donald. P.S.: See you in the spring," along with some other scribbles and underlinings of a section of the column that said NBC had offered him $60 million to stay on "The Apprentice."
O'Donnell responded by attacking Trump's claim that he is a billionaire. He played a clip of Trump saying that the reason he decided to stay on television was because NBC was "calling me on an hourly basis offering me all sorts of money to continue with 'The Apprentice.'"
"Donald Trump just told you that the reason he didn't run for president was the money," O'Donnell said. "This from a guy who pretends to be a billionaire."