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Barry Diller: Trump's Presidential Run Is 'Evil Miracle'

Barry Diller: Trump's Presidential Run Is 'Evil Miracle'

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By    |   Tuesday, 11 October 2016 02:44 PM


Media executive Barry Diller has described Donald Trump's presidential run an "evil miracle"  as the two reignite a long-simmering public feud.

"The idea that clown, bad clown, could actually be president of the United States, it just insults all of us," Diller, the chairman of IAC/InterActive and Expedia, told CNBC.

Diller predicted that Hillary Clinton would win the White House.

However, Diller said he is disgusted with the "horrible process we found ourselves in" during this contentious election.

"The only thing that I would like for [the election] is to be over because he has lasted too long," Diller said. "And, I really hope that the one thing that comes out of this is we will, first of all, say 'Please do not speak of politics for at least another year and a half.' Although I fear the next hour of the next day, we'll be off to the races again."

Diller and Trump have been publicly bickering for the last year.

Trump trashed Diller's business acumen and love life just about a year ago after the media mogul vowed to flee the country if the billionaire developer is elected president.

The Republican presidential candidate said in a message posted on his Twitter account:

Diller — chairman of IAC, which owns The Daily Beast, Vimeo and dating websites Match.com, OKCupid and Tinder — had ripped Trump as "a huckster" on Bloomberg.

"[He's] somebody who learned long ago in real estate that if you can make a big name for yourself, it can get you an extra dollar ... He's a self-promoting huckster who found a vein, a vein of meanness and nastiness," Diller raged.

"If Donald Trump doesn't fall, I'll either move out of the country or join the resistance."

Trump's reference to The Daily Beast concerned Diller's financing of its disastrous merger with Newsweek magazine.

And his quip about "lives lie," appeared to be a reference to Diller's sexuality and his long marriage to designer Diane Von Furstenberg.

In 2014, Diller was named by Out, a gay lifestyle magazine, as one of the "Power 50" — the "most famous gay people who are shaping the spheres of politics, entertainment, and culture in the world today."

Diller, himself a member of the Television Hall of Fame, thinks Trump only has gotten as far as he has in the race because he has benefited from his "reality television" past.

"I just think it's a phenomenon of reality television as politics," Diller said, according to Bloomberg. "I think that that is how it started, reality television as you all know is based on conflict.

"Nobody wants to watch reality television of two housewives sitting in a room taking about where they're going to go get their hair done," he continued. "It's all about conflict. Donald Trump, all he is is about conflict, and all that he is is negative conflict. The idea that anybody gets away with saying John McCain is not a hero because I like people who don't get caught."

In true Trump style, he gave his two cents on Diller's comments in the form of a tweet:

Meanwhile, Diller isn’t alone in his frustration with how nasty and personal the presidential campaign has become.

Newsmax Finance Insider and renowned economist Larry Kudlow urged politicians to return to “civility and respect” even though they may strongly disagree on issues.

“I bemoan the loss of civility between people,” Kudlow told CNBC. “I beg for some thought about returning to civility, where we can have debates, we can have discussions without insulting, without personalizing it. I just think this is a problem in modern day American culture, it's a problem in modern day politics. Can we not be civil, even when we disagree?”


Kudlow said he still planned to vote for Trump but could change his mind. Kudlow said he was “extremely unhappy” with the “vile remarks” Trump made in a 2005 video that surfaced last week. “Some of that spilled over into this campaign, and I don’t like it one bit, never have,” he said.

“If he continues to drop into these rabbit holes, I will write in Mike Pence,” Kudlow said, referring to the Indiana governor who is Trump’s running mate.

“I hope Mr. Trump gets his act together,” he added.

Kudlow said Trump had performed “reasonably well” at Sunday’s debate but the CNBC senior contributor said he was frustrated Trump wasn’t more persuasive in selling his tax plan.

“He’s so negative and you know, ‘We’re going to heck, we’re going to heck,’” Kudlow told CNBC. “He didn’t say we can fix this and have an optimistic, you know, Reagan-esque message. Optimists win. Pessimists lose.”

(Newsmax wire services contributed to this report).

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