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Ball Don't Lie

Twitter wars: Donald Trump vs. Mark Cuban

Jay Hart
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Twitter wars, aren't they great? Grown men (it's usually men) throwing down in 140 characters or less. The Greatest Generation would be so proud.

Anyway, the latest mano y mano smart phone smackdown pits the thumbs of Donald Trump vs. Mark Cuban's. The two have been going at it for months now, with their beef bubbling up back in November when Cuban offered Trump $1 million to shave his head, a response to Trump's $5 million challenge to President Obama to produce his birth certificate.

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Fast forward to last Wednesday night's "Tonight Show" when Cuban produced a letter he received from Trump way back in 2004 P.T. (that's pre-Twitter). Cuban's reality show "The Benefactor" – an obvious spinoff of Trump's "The Apprentice" – had just been cancelled. Trump wrote to Cuban, "When I initially called you to congratulate you on The Benefactor – little did you or I realize how disastrous and embarrassing it would turn out to be for you. If you ever decide to do another show, please call me and I will be happy to lend a helping hand."

Ouch.

Ahh, but Cuban appears to be having the last laugh, in his mind anyway.

"Can I just say, Donald, how's that working out for you now?" Cuban told Jay Leno's audience.

Well, these days you can't go spewing that kind of trash talk and not expect some kind of response on, where else, Twitter.

And with that, it was on. Over the last six days, Trump has mentioned Cuban in at least 17 tweets, criticizing his golf game – he is "short off the tee," a "weak man with a big mouth" and has "no clubhead speed" – his personality – "@mcuban has less TV persona than any other person I can think of. He’s an arrogant, crude, dope who met some very stupid people" – and his Dallas Mavericks – "why does @mcuban continue to embarrass the 31-35 & 11th place @dallasmavs with childish behavior."

When one follower asked Trump "what's the best confidence builder," Trump responded, "Going against losers like Mark Cuban!"

"Golf?" Cuban responded. "You just see this crazy life I have & you're in awe.I'm just gonna take over the world while you getting mad.."

The conversation really went into the gutter with this from Cuban:

Seriously Cube, did you really have to go to the Harlem Shake?

And then …

Well, at least he brought it full circle.

Twitter wars, how so very … what's the word? Oh right, stupid.

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