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Barry Diller: I'll Leave the Country If Trump Wins

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By    |   Wednesday, 07 Oct 2015 05:56 PM

Businessman Barry Diller isn't impressed with GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump, and said if the billionaire real-estate developer wins he's packing his bags.

"If Donald Trump doesn't fall, I'll either move out of the country or join the resistance," Diller said at the Bloomberg Markets Most Influential Summit on Tuesday, Bloomberg News reports. 

"All he is is a huckster," Diller said of Trump. "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."

Trump is a "self-promoting huckster who found a vein," he added. "A vein of meanness and nastiness."

Trump's political success comes from his reality TV stardom, Diller said, and reality TV 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. It’s all about conflict," he said. "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…."

Many have credited Trump's rise to an electorate that is sick of politicians and wants an outsider. Diller disputed that.

"I don't think it's got anything to do with American anger at the elites," he said, adding Trump "has no communication strategy — except to be what he has always been, a nasty mean person criticizing people and doing, you know, silly kind of showman stuff. Where did he get a national reputation? From 'The Apprentice.' What did he do on 'The Apprentice?' He fired people."

Bloomberg notes that Diller has donated to political causes over the years – the overwhelming majority of them Democratic. Among his donations: former Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York, Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Vice President Joe Biden, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Sen. Charles Schumer of New York and Sean Eldridge, a gay rights activist who ran for Congress.

In 2008, Diller gave to the presidential campaigns of then-Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain.

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