02/28/2012 04:35 pm ET Updated Feb 28, 2012

Donald Trump: Rod Blagojevich's 14-Year Sentence Too Harsh

He may have fired Rod Blagojevich on "The Celebrity Apprentice," but Donald Trump thinks the convicted former Illinois governor is a "very nice guy" whose sentence was too harsh.

In a Tuesday interview with Don Wade and Roma on WLS Radio, Trump said Blagojevich's 14-year prison sentence is excessive.

"When you look at what's going on in this country with killings and all sorts of crime, and they give him that. It just seems like a very, very severe sentence for somebody that was probably stupid more than anything else," Trump told the Wade and Roma. "He was stupid, but that's a long time to go away."

Blagojevich was convicted late last year of 18 corruption charges, including allegedly trying to sell President Barack Obama's vacated Senate seat in 2008.

"He doesn't go down as Albert Einstein," Trump added, "But people liked him. There was something about him that was nice. I just think that to be going away for years and you have killers walking the street that don't get sentenced like that."

Trump added that the 14-year sentence handed down by Judge James Zagel would be "devastating" to Blagojevich's family -- which a sobbing Patti Blagojevich pretty much confirmed in an exclusive interview with Rosie O'Donnell.

"He was found guilty of getting advice and having routine conversations," Patti Blagojevich told O'Donnell, according to CBS Chicago. “I was there, and I’ve heard all the conversations. I know his heart. So much of this case was intent — what was his intent? And I know his heart.”

Listen to the full WLS interview with Donald Trump here.



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