*“The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson” debuted on Fox News Monday afternoon and one of the former Fox & Friends’ host’s first guests was an old friend: Donald Trump, reports Mediate.
Seated across from each other in plush chairs more reminiscent of her morning show than the Megyn Kelly-hosted afternoon program she’s replacing, Carlson asked the “premiere negotiator” to share his advice for how Republicans and President Obama might be able to come to a last minute agreement to avoid a government shutdown at midnight tonight.
Trump’s first piece of advice was that both sides need to “respect” each other.
“There’s a lack of respect right now, and we see it very strongly,” he said, “but you have to respect the other side. They don’t like each other. They don’t respect each other. They don’t think well of each other. They don’t get along together. They don’t go out together.”
He said it’s really up to President Obama, as the “leader” of the country to get both sides in a room together to hammer out a solution.
“Whether there’s a shutdown, who knows,” Trump added, saying, “that would be horrible if it was. But, there’s a very good chance, because Obamacare is a total disaster, and ultimately, Obamacare anyway will shut down this country.”
In the end, Trump did not think a shutdown would be as “catastrophic” as everyone is making it out to be. “I think actually the Republicans have a lot of cards,” he said, “but if they’re going to play those cards, they better play them now.” He predicted that Obama would take the brunt of historical blame for the shutdown if it happens. “I really think the pressure is on Obama to make a deal because he doesn’t want this in his resume,” he said.
*Loud mouth Donald Trump is at it again. This time comparing Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) to Paula Deen.
On Monday morning’s episode of “Fox & Friends,” Trump said that Rangel has mostly gotten away with his statements while Deen was “crucified” for hers. Rangel’s recent rant against tea party “crackers” bought him the comparison.
Trump said he was “surprised” that a “nice guy” like Rangel would make comments like the ones he did in the first place, and noted, “If Charlie or whoever it was was a Republican and they made that statement, they’d be resigning from office right now.”
Although host Steve Doocy was the first to push the “double standard” narrative about Rangel and Deen, Trump jumped right on the bandwagon saying, “Nothing will happen to Charlie. I see it all the time. If you’re a Republican and you make a statement like that, it’s over. I mean, you are finished… It’s a very rough double standard.”
“Paula Deen was absolutely crucified, what they did with her,” Trump added. “I don’t know what even happened to her. I see everybody dropped her. She has really got some problems. It’s amazing.” When Tucker Carlson jumped in, demanding President Obama “take a stand” against Rangel, Trump said that was unlikely. “Obama is going to take a pass,” he said. “They’re all going to take a pass. And that’s the way the country is right now.”
The question of whether the “n-word” and “cracker” carry the same offensive weight has been a hot topic of conversation following the George Zimmerman trial in which it was revealed that Trayvon Martin used both words to describe the defendant. A CNN panel led by Don Lemon ultimately concluded that the word the network could not spell out on screen was probably worse.
*If rumors are true, Paula Deen’s racism controversy may lead to a new career in reality TV.
There is talk that the celebrity chef is being wooed by ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars,” with an insider comparing her to such controversial past contestants as Kate Gosselin and Bristol Palin.
ABC won’t comment on casting rumors, but the celeb chef has apparently been on the producers’ list before.
In a 2010 interview with Extra, Deen revealed that she’s a fan of “Dancing With the Stars,” but turned down an offer to compete on it. “They did ask me and I said no,” she said. “Fat girls don’t look good sweating. I’ve got catfish arms… And I’ve got — is that a muffin top right there?”
In 2012, Hollywood Life reported that producers were seriously considering the southern star for Season 14 of the show in the wake of her diabetes reveal. An insider said at the time, “‘DWTS’ suits love good stories. It’s good timing. Paula just confirmed she has diabetes and this could help her a lot.”
If Deen passes again on “DWTS,” she may have other reality TV options. According to VH1′s “The Gossip Table,” Donald Trump has also offered her a spot on his show, “Celebrity Apprentice.”
The business mogul reportedly cited the show’s “great format for reinventing and re-establishing careers.” For example: Bret Michaels and Arsenio Hall both made career comebacks on the show. Trump added, “Paula Deen’s reputation has taken a big hit and what better way to make a comeback than by raising money for charity?”
*Donald Trump is always trying to get attention, but this time he’s actually trying to shrink from the limelight.
But, noooooooo, Cletis, we’re going to drag you right on up here on the stage that you normally adore. Don’t back down now!
On Sunday, Trump continued to spread his venom against the five innocent men that came to be known as the Central Park 5, after becoming New York City’s scapegoat for the horrifying rape of a woman jogging through Central Park, April 19, 1989.
All five of the young men’s confessions were coerced and later recanted, but Trump was sure they were guilty and took out pricey ads in the New York Times, the Daily News, the Post and Newsday in support of the death penalty, according to Wonkette.
*Rapper Wiz Khalifa has been taking financial advice from property tycoon Donald Trump’s money managers with hopes of getting his business affairs in order.
The rapper recently filed suit against concert promoters It’s My Party, Inc. over a cancelled gig in Washington, D.C. and he suggests the legal action was prompted by talks with associates of the “Celebrity Apprentice” host.
“Right now, I’m learning to sue people and get my money,” he tells Esquire magazine. “After talking to people who work for Donald Trump – smart, successful people – I’ve realized I gotta go after all that. That’s what I’m going to do that I didn’t last year.”
Speaking of lawsuits, Khalifa was named as a defendant in a copyright infringement complaint filed last year by songwriter Max Gregory Warren over allegations the rapper’s 2010 hit “Black and Yellow” plagiarized a song he wrote in 2007, “Pink N Yellow.”