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Donald Trump’s 10 Biggest, Baddest Feuds

From Obama’s birth certificate to Megyn Kelly’s menses, Trump has picked more than a few fights in his day

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In his campaign announcement speech, Donald Trump characterized Mexican immigrants as rapists and drug dealers.

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Donald Trump knows better than anyone that reality TV is fueled by conflict, both genuine and manufactured. In fact, Trump's entire life, up to and including his presidential campaign, has been conflict-driven.

Here is a necessarily partial list of Trump's most spectacular feuds over the years.

Lindsey Graham

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 29: Senate Armed Services Committee memebrs and Republican presidential candidates Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) (L) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) (2nd L) prepare to question witnesses during a hearing about the nuclear deal struck between Iran and six nations, including the United States, on Capitol Hill July 29, 2015 in Washington, DC. Members of the Obama administration encouraged the senators to support the deal, saying it will eliminate Iran's ability to make a nuclear weapon for at least ten years. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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Trump vs. Lindsey Graham

"Stop being a jackass": that was Sen. Lindsey Graham's advice for Trump days after the Donald's comments about McCain's war record. Trump, in turn, gave out Graham's personal cell phone number in a speech in which he also called his fellow GOP presidential candidate "an idiot."

Several weeks later, Graham said that if Trump came to his home state, he'd "beat his brains out."

Trump responded by pointing to recent national polls numbers. "You're only 26 points behind me," he tweeted. Touché.


NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 03: GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump speaks at a news conference in Manhattan after he signed a pledge Thursday to support the Republican nominee in the 2016 general election, ruling out a third-party or independent run on September 3, 2015 in New York City. Trump made the announcement following a meeting with Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus. Trump stressed repeatedly in the news conference that he is leading in all national polls. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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Trump vs. The Media

Trump has occasionally hit back against critical media coverage by sending reporters and writers hand-written letters in black Sharpie. In one instance, Trump wrote to Salon reporter Justin Elliott promising to disclose his net worth, after Elliott reported that Trump could legally avoid doing so: "You will be very surprised," he scrawled.

He did something similar to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar after the former Lakers player wrote a negative op-ed about Trump in the Washington Post.

Another time, Trump copy-edited a Vanity Fair blog post and sent it to the author, Juli Weiner.

And just this week, Trump expressed his dissatisfaction with Rolling Stone's recent Trump cover story, calling sections of it "garish" on CNN.

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