Rosie O’Donnell called out “Morning Joe” co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Willie Geist for giving Donald Trump a platform to attack her back in 2007.
During an appearance on MSNBC Monday night with anchor Ari Melber, the former daytime host accused MSNBC and the mainstream media of providing Trump a regular platform and not standing up to his falsehoods.
“All you have to do is look at the tapes from ‘Morning Joe’ from 2007,” said O’Donnell. “They had him on once a week and they all ganged up. Willie Geist was very anti-Rosie O’Donnell. So was Joe Scarborough, so was every reporter on Fox, and it went on and on.”
O’Donnell said that Trump used the network to propagate the false rumor that her television show had been canceled when instead, the comedian said, she walked away from “a 100 million dollars” to be a parent.
“He changed the narrative and the factual truth about who I am to the public of America when I was not on TV every day to refute it,” she added. “Nobody would stand up to him and they would let him.”
Melber offered a lawyerly response.
“You mentioned some of my colleagues who have their own TV shows so as my practice, I will let them respond how they want with their own TV shows,” he said.
Though O’Donnell has said she barely knows Trump, the feud between the two stretches back over a decade to their days as television hosts. In the first GOP primary debate, Trump joked that the only woman he ever called a “fat pig” or “disgusting animal” was O’Donnell, which was met by wide audience applause.
O’Donnell told Melber on set that the president was too mentally unstable for office.
“He’s a horrible, horrible human with no soul and he has a very serious mental disorder,” she said. “This guy is in no means mentally stable enough to run this country and he should be impeached.”
Reps for MSNBC and “Morning Joe” did not immediately respond to request for comment.