Trump Vs. NYT Scribe: It's on!
Gail Collins hits back at the Donald
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 9, 2011 11:43 AM CDT
New York Times columnist Gail Collins, whose mugshot Donald Trump once clipped and mailed to her marked "The Face of a Dog!"   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Last week it was apparent that there's no love lost between Donald Trump and New York Times columnist Gail Collins, but this week it's all-out war. Seems the Donald responded to Collins' column, which tweaked him as a loopy birther, with a letter to the editor tweaking her in turn as a no-good hack for writing "nasty and derogatory articles about me." "Actually," Trump writes, "I have great respect for Ms. Collins in that she has survived so long with so little talent. Her storytelling ability and word usage (coming from me, who has written many bestsellers), is not at a very high level." Snap!

This week, Collins slaps back, noting that the bestselling author himself once sent her an "aggrieved message ... in which he misspelled the word 'too.'” Further, she runs down his birther allegations, dismissing his doubts about President Obama's birth certificate, his grandmother, and his authorship of Dreams From My Father as all but absurd. "Recent polls have shown Trump running second among potential Republican primary voters," Collins concludes. "I believe this is not so much an indication of popularity as a desperate plea to be delivered from Mitt Romney."

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Apr 11, 2011 11:13 AM CDT
Gail Collins is a hypocrite. She said she "had never got personal before." Uh, how is writing an entire column trashing and making fun of someone not personal, as she did the week before? Plus, why do people constantly attack Trump's status, at least, as a good businessman? He is worth more than two billion dollars, documented by Forbes. Yes he came from money, but not nearly so much as he has amassed. Gail Collins is a loser. She said "Trump and I haven't always gotten along." Yeah, lady, Im sure Donald Trump is sitting there thinking about you. There is not parity between you and Trump. He's a multi billionaire, you're a bad columnist for a nearly defunct newspaper. If you don't like Trump fine but at least be honest about it.
Apr 10, 2011 9:00 AM CDT
I for one, will forever more be a Gail Collins fan.
Apr 10, 2011 6:26 AM CDT
Gail Collins is a hack? well she is at the NYT so that about says it all. As for trump, most of the NYT readers (probably bought into that weekender hype) are not much more than peons in the greater scheme of things. I doubt there are more than a handful of you that have contributed anything concrete to the quality of life in the US, just a bunch of malcontents that complain in lieu of acting. You are just so much dirt under Trump's shoe and believe what the editors and columnist say in this one sided rag called a newspaper. Who or what is a Gail Collins anyway. I am betting most of you supported a very inexperienced Obama (got sucked into that one) and really do not have the where with all to gather information to make an intelligent informed decision. We certainly see this in the wall street bunch. Just pull the prison bus up to the door.