Not content with just insulting people on U.S. home soil, controversial Republican presidential candidate and businessman Donald Trump is now engaging in Twitter name calling, tweeting that Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal is “dopey”.
Trump went further, accusing the Prince, who has an estimated personal wealth of $32 billion, of wanting to use “daddy’s money” to control U.S. politicians. Forbes has Trump’s financial worth pegged at $5.5 billion, although Trump himself claims he is worth over $10 billion.
Trump’s insults came after the Prince, also on Twitter, described Trump’s call for Muslims to be banned from entering the U.S. as a “disgrace to America”.
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal also advised Trump to end his presidential ambitions because he will not win. “You are a disgrace not only to the Republican Party but to all America. Withdraw from the US presidential race as you will never win,” the Prince tweeted.
While Trump, who is the the frontrunner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, engaged in trading insults with the Saudi prince, other Arabs have started showing their opposition to Trump’s comments on Muslims – with their wallets.
Damac Properties, a Dubai property developer who is in a partnership with Trump to build a gold complex in Dubai, has announced it is ending its partnership with him, removing his name and image from the property.
The 60 year old Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, the nephew of King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, studied in the U.S., earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration from California Menlo College and a master’s degree in social science with honors from Syracuse University. He is considered westernized and very progressive on many issues that Trump has shown in his presidential campaign rhetoric that he is not, including women’s rights. Most of the prince’s staff are women.
He has also recently revealed he will be donating a major part of his wealth to charity groups while Trump has said he is using his own money to fund his presidential campaign rather than accepting money from lobby groups.