Donald TrumpDonald TrumpDeputy AG: DOJ investigating fake Trump electors Former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz elected to Baseball Hall of Fame Overnight Health Care — Senators unveil pandemic prep overhaul MORE called into MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Thursday to wager a year of Lawrence O'Donnell's network salary after the MSNBC host accused Trump of lying on his financial disclosure forms.
Trump’s disclosure to the Federal Election Commission states that he made more than $200 million for the 14 seasons of his NBC show “The Apprentice.” But O’Donnell dismissed that disclosure, noting that the show didn’t win its time slot and guaranteeing that better-known television hosts made more money than Trump.
“It’s a lie, Joe. It’s a complete and total lie,” O’Donnell told the show’s host, former Rep. Joe Scarborough (R-Fla.). O’Donnell hosts his own show on MSNBC, “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell.”
“Let me explain something to you, Donald Trump didn’t even make a million dollars in his first year,” O’Donnell said.
He added that when Trump said in 2011 that he had made $130 million for two years of the show, “NBC was forced to release a statement saying he’s lying.
“Trump has been one of the lowest-paid people to have an hour-long show,” he said, as he got into a shouting match with Scarborough.
“Every actor you can name on television, if you can name them, I guarantee you they made more money than Donald Trump,” O’Donnell said.
About an hour after O’Donnell bashed Trump, Scarborough came back from a commercial break and told viewers that Trump had just called in to bet O’Donnell that his salary was accurately reported.
Trump told the “Morning Joe” host that he’d give O’Donnell one year of the MSNBC host's television salary if his income from NBC cannot be verified. Under the terms of Trump's bet, O’Donnell would have to give one year of his salary to Trump if the candidate's FEC reports are correct.
“Oh, that’s a challenge. I wonder if he’s going to do it,” co-host Mika Brzezinski said.
“He believed in what he was saying, so we will see who will put their money where their mouth is,” she added.
By the time Trump called, O'Donnell had left the show and could not respond, although he repeated his accusations on Twitter.
Trump, who has been skyrocketing toward the top of the GOP presidential polls, released a statement Wednesday that said his personal financial disclosures show that he’s worth more than $10 billion.
Between Trump's previous flirtation with the presidential race and the media attention his candidacy brings, some had questioned whether Trump would ever file the financial forms necessary to officially cement his presidential bid.