Rosie O’Donnell Unsure If She’ll Survive The Trump Presidency ‘I Did a Lot Of Therapy’


Rosie O’Donnell has been one President Trump’s most outspoken critics on social media since he was elected to office last November, but has not given a formal interview – until now.

Trump, once called the 55-year-old former “View” co-host a “pig,” saying during a 2016 presidential debate that she “deserved” his verbal attacks. O’Donnell, who led an anti-Trump protest outside the White House in February, has dubbed the president “mentally unstable” and has accused him of “treason.” The 55-year-old said she was in “pure panic mode” the week following the election but is now just “devastated, disappointed, disheartened, and depressed by the reality of it.”

The New York Post on Thursday published excerpts from W Magazine, including O’Donnell’s worry that she might not be able to live through the Trump administration. On hearing of Trump’s election:

“I was in pure unadulterated [shock], as if I had fallen through the ice on a lake; I was underneath the water, and I couldn’t even see the surface,” O’Donnell told the mag. “It was a severe shock to my entire essence and my beliefs in the order in the world, and also the PTSD of having been an abused kid in a family.”

She added, “I did a lot of therapy.”

O’Donnell claimed she was in “pure panic mode.”

And now? She’s “devastated, disappointed, disheartened, and depressed by the reality of it … There are people who tell me, ‘Oh it’s going to be another year, another two years,’ and I seriously worry whether I personally will be able to live through and whether the nation will be able to live through it and survive. It’s a terrifying concept, on the brink of nuclear war with a madman in charge.”

O’Donnell has remained vocal in her opposition to Mr. Trump on social media, but revealed to W that this was the first time she was ready to give a formal interview since Election Day.

“I haven’t done any interviews since he’s been elected,” she said. “Today’s the first day of doing interviews. I haven’t been on television doing interviews since he’s been elected, so when I do the press for this show that will be the first time, and it has taken me a full year to integrate the reality of him being a president in a way that I don’t come across as either so full of rage that no one can hear my words, or so sad that I can’t articulate the level of pain.

On the first day of 2017, before Trump was inaugurated, she directed a tweetstorm at the media mogul, calling him a “criminal” in all capital letters before linking off to a CNN article about an alleged incident that occurred at a Trump-owned golf course.

O’Donnell called him an “orange anus” in a tweet in response to the GOP nominee’s derogatory remarks from the presidential debate.