*Star Jones opens up to Variety about her past friendship with GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, whom she’s known for roughly the same amount of time as his Democratic presidential rival Hillary Clinton — since the mid ’90s.
“I had been close to Donald’s first wife, Ivana. I still am,” said Jones. “We have served on numerous charitable boards together. We travelled together, had lunches and dinners together. I’ve known their children for their entire adult lives. I don’t recognize Donald Trump right now. I don’t know if this is who he’s always been. Or, more than likely, this is who he has calculated is the right thing to be at the right time, which makes it even sadder.
“If it’s not an act, it’s vile and offensive. If it is an act, it’s vile, offensive, and manipulative. You pick. I’ve never seen anything like this.”
Jones, who threw “shade” and a “boy bye” at Trump during her speech at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last week, said she first met Hillary while campaigning for her husband.
“When President Clinton ran the first time, I became involved then and that’s my first real encounter personally with Hillary. And then I continued to become very involved in Democratic politics,” she said. “We established — I don’t want to exaggerate and say “friendship.” I want to say a relationship, a mutual personal connection.”
Jones says she will continue to campaign for Hillary, “not only throughout the fall, throughout her presidency. She’s going to be the 45th president of the United States.”
Watch Jones’ DNC speech below: