- The Washington Times - Monday, December 5, 2016

Madonna says she’s been tormented by the reality of Donald Trump’s election and feels betrayed by the women who voted for him.

“It felt like someone died,” the 58-year-old singer said of Mr. Trump’s election during an interview with Billboard magazine published Monday.

“It felt like a ­combination of the heartbreak and betrayal you feel when someone you love more than anything leaves you, and also a death,” she said. “I feel that way every morning; I wake up and say, ‘Oh, wait, Donald Trump is still the president,’ and it wasn’t a bad dream that I had. It feels like women betrayed us. The percentage of women who voted for Trump was insanely high.

“I haven’t really had a good night’s sleep since he has been elected,” she added.

Madonna, who openly supported Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign, said she believes the former secretary of state’s defeat can be blamed on female jealousy.

“Women hate women. That’s what I think it is,” she said. “Women’s nature is not to support other women. It’s really sad. Men protect each other, and women protect their men and children. Women turn inward and men are more external. A lot of it has do with jealousy and some sort of tribal inability to accept that one of their kind could lead a nation.

“Other people just didn’t bother to vote because they didn’t like either candidate, or they didn’t think Trump had a chance in the world. They took their hands off the wheel and then the car crashed,” she said.

Madonna recalled meeting Mr. Trump years ago when she was doing a photo shoot for Versace at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida.

“He’s a very friendly guy, ­charismatic in that ­boastful, macho, alpha-male way,” she said. “I found his political incorrectness amusing. Of course, I didn’t know he was going to be running for ­president 20 years later. People like that exist in the world, I’m OK with it. They just can’t be heads of state. I just can’t put him and Barack Obama in the same ­sentence, same room, same job description.”

Madonna gave a performance in Miami on Friday night where she raised more than $7.5 million for the African nation of Malawi. She also used the performance to slam Mr. Trump, projecting photos of the president-elect on a big screen while singing a slowed-down version of Britney Spears’ “Toxic.”

Asked how people are reacting to Mr. Trump’s win in countries like Malawi, Madonna told Billboard: “We’re the laughing stock of the universe right now. We can no longer criticize other governments, other leaders. I’m hanging my head in shame.”

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