As NewsBusters reported, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) got quite a grilling from David Gregory on Sunday's "Meet the Press."
This caught the eye of real estate tycoon Donald Trump who told Fox News's Greta Van Susteren Monday, "Michele was so unfairly treated...I don't think I've seen anything like it" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, HOST: Obviously, you don't think that President Obama is being a leader. Take a look at the Republican -- at least right now, the group that are running for president or still in the run. What -- who's got the leadership that you like, admire?
DONALD TRUMP: Well, I know a lot of them. I know Michele Bachmann. She came to Trump Tower about a month ago. She was great. She was a wonderful person. I mean, we had a great time. I don't know if Sarah Palin's running. I really like her a lot. I mean, I think she's a very good woman. We had the famous pizza incident, where we had pizza and I was using a fork and...
VAN SUSTEREN: What's the difference between the two for you?
TRUMP: There's not that much difference. They're strong. They get unfairly maligned by the media. And I was watching this weekend on "Meet the Press" -- I watched Michele just get absolutely -- she was so badly treated on "Meet the Press." I watched that.
VAN SUSTEREN: In what way?
TRUMP: Just unfairly. I mean, the way the group went after her, it was so unfair. Michele was so unfairly treated. I've never seen -- I don't think I've seen anything like it. And that's what happens to Sarah Palin also. So...
VAN SUSTEREN: And did Hillary Clinton...
TRUMP: I think Bachmann has done well. I don't think Hillary's treated the same way. I like Hillary, too. She's a friend of mine. I think that the way Ms. Bachmann's been treated, the way Ms. Palin's been treated -- I think they've been treated very, very unfairly by the press.
VAN SUSTEREN: Why?
TRUMP: I don't know. I mean, you ask me. They're conservative women. And I think that's probably why.
Evidence suggests that's definitely why.
Just ask New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd who last October included Bachmann and Palin in her list of "Republican Mean Girls, grown-up versions of those teenage tormentors who would steal your boyfriend, spray-paint your locker and, just for good measure, spread rumors that you were pregnant."