These 10 Celebrity Feuds Show Trump's 'Hamilton' Spat Was No Isolated Incident

For most people, getting into a spat with a Broadway cast would be one of the strangest moments in their lives. But it's business as usual for President-elect Donald Trump, who is currently at war with the cast members of the musical Hamilton. To put this feud into context, we've put together a retrospective on Trump's biggest celebrity spats, including the most recent battle with Broadway. 

1. 'Hamilton'

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Trump's latest feud involves the cast of 'Hamilton' putting Mike Pence on the spot after a performance. When they found out the future vice president would be in attendance, they prepared a special message for him.

"We, sir - we are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights," said Brandon Dixon, who plays Aaron Burr in the show. "We truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us."

Trump responded in his usual way, lambasting his critics in a slew of virulent tweets.

2. Saturday Night Live

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'Hamilton' wasn't the only show in New York City that Trump criticized over the weekend. He also lashed out at NBC's Saturday Night Live - a show that has satirized American presidents since its inception more than 40 years ago.

The Donald hosted SNL just last year. But since then, he's been miffed with the show - especially Alec Baldwin's impersonation of him. Baldwin responded by giving Trump advice on how to act like a president.

So is it too early to print Baldwin 2020 shirts?

3. Megyn Kelly

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Trump got into a spat with journalist Megyn Kelly in August 2015 after the first Republican presidential debate. The FOX News host moderated the event, and Trump didn't appreciate her criticizing his track record of insulting women.

“There was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever,” Trump told CNN in a post-debate interview. So basically he responded to Kelly's criticism by proving her right.

4. Bill Maher

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In 2013, Bill Maher made a joke about Trump's parents that led to a ridiculous lawsuit. Here's how the Real Time host recalled the incident last May.

"I made a joke about his father being an orangutang once. And he marched into court with his birth certificate and sued me because he's a whiny little bitch. And if he's not suing suing you, he's threatening to sue you," Maher said.

5. Jon Stewart

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Some say that Donald Trump's skin is too thin to handle criticism. But that doesn't explain why he picks fights for no apparent reason. In 2013, he launched an unprovoked attack on Jon Stewart. The reason? Trump wanted everyone to know two things: that he was smarter than Stewart and that the comedian didn't use his real last name on stage.

"So I start to think to myself, 'Oh, I think this guy's trying to let people know I'm a Jew,' " Stewart said in a standup set earlier this month. "And I think to myself, 'Doesn't my face do that?' Honestly, where have you seen this face other than a poster for Yentl?"

So Stewart responded by tweeting, "Not many people know this, but Donald Trump's real name is Fuckface von Clownstick. I wish he would embrace that Von Clownstick heritage."

Thus the online skirmish became an all-out Twitter war. But Stewart ultimately defended Trump by reminding his audience that these spats are part of being president. 

"You remember Lincoln used to get in this shit all the time with people," he said.

6. Cher

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The pop diva become the object of Trump's ire in 2012 when she announced she was boycotting Macy's because they were selling Trump products.

It didn't take long for the spat to get nasty, with each star ridiculing the other's looks.

7. Bette Midler 

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Cher isn't the only singer who's insulted The Donald's looks. Back in 2012, Bette Midler caused a stir by dissing Trump's hair. Which is standard comedy fare when taking jabs at Trump, but he wasn't amused. In his response, Trump said he would take the high road,  but then he veered off into a personal attack anyway. Maybe that's just a nervous tick with him.

8. Arianna Huffington

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In 2012, Trump took a swipe at Arianna Huffington's looks and character by bringing up her 1997 divorce for no apparent reason.

The Huffington Post returned the insult in 2015 by covering Trump's presidential campaign in the entertainment section instead of politics. And Washington Bureau Chief Ryan Grim called Trump a "clown show" in the lead up to the primaries. But it looks like Trump got the last laugh on this one.

9. David Letterman

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The former Late Show host was one of the first celebrities to criticize Trump for racist behavior. In 2011, the comedian took exception to Trump's involvement in the birther movement, which alleged that President Obama was ineligible to serve as commander-in-chief because he was allegedly born outside of America.

“It’s all fun, it’s all a circus, it’s all a rodeo until it starts to smack of racism. And then it’s no longer fun,” Letterman said on his show.

Trump responded with his usual self-important bluster. 

“I was disappointed to hear the statements you made about me last night on your show that I was a ‘racist,’ ” The Donald wrote in a letter to Letterman. “In actuality, nothing could be further from the truth and there is nobody who is less of a racist than Donald Trump.”

Even Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan would disagree with that.

10. Martha Stewart

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In 2006, Trump's reality show The Apprentice was losing ratings. And he knew just who to blame for it: home decorating maven Martha Stewart, who hosted a short-lived Apprentice spinoff the year before. The Donald thought her show was damaging the brand.

"I knew it would fail as soon as I first saw it - and your low ratings bore me out," Trump wrote in a letter to Stewart that was later published online.

11. Rosie O'Donnell


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Trump has had many feuds over the years, but one of the first and fiercest was with comedian and TV host Rosie O'Donnell. In a 2006 episode of The View, O'Donnell called Trump a "snake-oil salesman on Little House On The Prairie." She also alleged that he had gone bankrupt in the past.

And that claim was music to Trump's litigious ears.  

“You can’t make false statements,” Trump told PEOPLE. “Rosie will rue the words she said. I’ll most likely sue her for making those false statements – and it’ll be fun. Rosie’s a loser. A real loser. I look forward to taking lots of money from my nice fat little Rosie.” 

Since then, the feud has flared up from time to time. Check out CNN's full recap on a decade's worth of toxic exchanges.

h/t ABC News, CNN, Business Insider, The Huffington Post, Hollywood Reporter, PEOPLE.

Banner image: Donald Trump attends the Hanks Yank's Golf Classic at the Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point on July 6, 2015 ,in New York City. (JStone /


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