Rosie O'Donnell worried about surviving Trump presidency
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Rosie O’Donnell, one of President Trump’s most fervent critics, says she’s genuinely concerned whether she’ll survive his time in office.

“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 [his presidency] and whether the nation will be able to live through it and survive,” the comedian says in an interview with W magazine published Tuesday.

“It’s a terrifying concept, on the brink of nuclear war with a madman in charge. And the ineptitude — the impotence of people who should be able to stop him claiming they can’t — is absolutely infuriating,” said O’Donnell, who’s been engaged in a war of words with Trump stretching back years.


Trump, 71, 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.”

While an outspoken and ferocious antagonist of Trump on social media, O’Donnell says she hasn’t granted any interviews since the real estate mogul won the White House.

O’Donnell tells the mag it’s taken her “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.”

“It’s taken a year for me to get my equilibrium back, to come back up to the surface, to really go, ‘Okay, every Monday is the hope that this is the last week’ — and every Friday is a devastation,” said O’Donnell, who stars in Showtime’s upcoming drama series, “SMILF.”

Trump, according to O’Donnell, was “allowed with impunity to brutally assault” her character for a decade. Criticizing groups such as the National Organization for Women and feminist Gloria Steinem for not coming to her defense, O’Donnell said that no one “stood up and said, ‘What the hell are you doing?’ It was laughed about.”

Instead, O’Donnell said, she’s witnessed Trump “do the ‘Destroy Rosie O’Donnell’ charade in the same way that he’s been trying to destroy the character of everyone, from Rep. [Frederica] Wilson to the wife of the Marine that was killed in Niger, all these things. He’s debasing the character of [former FBI Director] James Comey. There’s no one that he won’t attack or debase.”

Trump has come under recent criticism for his handling of Gold Star families, which began after Wilson, a Democratic Florida congresswoman, accused him of telling a Green Beret’s widow that her husband “knew what he was signing up for.”