Businesswoman and media mogul Martha Stewart announced her support for Hillary Clinton in the general election in November.
Stewart told CNNMoney in an interview, “This is the most important election of the last hundred years. We have to be very certain that we elect a person who has experience, knowledge, a base of education in the world of world politics, as well as domestic politics, and so obviously I’m voting for Hillary Clinton.”
Clinton’s newest endorsement pointed out several of the characteristics required of the presidency such as diplomacy, kindness, and introspection. She noted that she does not believe these characteristics exist “in the world of Donald Trump.”
In 2006, Martha Stewart and Donald Trump collaborated on a spinoff of Trump’s reality series “The Apprentice.” Titled “The Apprentice: Martha Stewart,” the show was canceled due to low ratings. Both the original show and the spinoff were on the air at the same time.
In the months after Trump yanked the spinoff off the air, Martha told Newsweek, “If I’d had my druthers, there would have been only one ‘Apprentice’ on the air at one time.” The magazine quoted Stewart as saying that airing both programs at once was unfair.
The cancellation resulted in a public falling out between Martha Stewart and Trump. After the publication of the Newsweek article, Trump published a letter written to Martha calling her a liar. He wrote, “Essentially, you made this firing up just as you made up your sell order of ImClone.” The letter referred to Stewart’s conviction of insider trading, which landed her in prison for five months.
In the letter, Trump also said, “I knew it would fail as soon as I first saw it – and your low ratings bore me out.”
Martha Stewart responded to the public letter in a new statement that identified the letter as being “so mean-spirited and reckless that I almost can’t believe my long-time friend Donald Trump wrote it.”
The public dumping and subsequent feud continued for years. At the end of 2007, Joan Rivers asked about the Trump Steaks she received for Christmas. Rivers made a joke about being unable to “eat Donald Trump” before being informed Trump owned the company and he had not been slaughtered. Martha Stewart replied, “Too bad!”
In 2013, Martha played a game of “Shag, Marry, Kill” with Andy Cohen of Bravo. Her candidates were Michael Bloomberg, Bill Gates, and Donald Trump. Stewart awarded Trump with the kill title.
Trump became the official candidate at the Republican convention in July after shocking the party by entering the race in the summer of 2015. However, Martha Stewart’s endorsement of Clinton goes back further than Trump’s announcement for candidacy. During an interview at the White House Correspondent’s dinner in April 2015, Stewart noted that she liked Clinton and that she, and many others, had been waiting for her to run.
Trump’s official announcement for candidacy came on June 17.
Martha was also spotted at a Clinton event in the West Village in June of 2016. The New York Post reported that she broke the event’s no-photo policy, and Stewart was “up in Hillary’s face – not only with an iPhone, but with like a Canon camera.”
Martha Stewart and Hillary Clinton’s relationship spans back to the 1990s when Stewart was called in to help with redecorating in the White House. Clinton also called upon Stewart to help redecorate the Blair House in 2009 when Clinton was serving as Secretary of State.
Martha Stewart is the latest in a long list of celebrities to endorse Hillary Clinton. Other committed celebrities include Reese Witherspoon, George and Amal Clooney, and Leonardo DiCaprio. Even Beyoncé Knowles has been spotted at a fundraiser for the Democratic nominee.
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