- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Rosie O'Donnell is breaking her silence on President Trump, revealing in her first interview since his November election that it’s taken her some soul-searching and “a lot of therapy” to finally compose herself enough to speak to the press.

“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,” the comedian told W magazine of Mr. Trump’s surprising election victory. “And to think that the man who had abused me so viciously and with impunity for over a decade was now running the country.”

Ms. O’Donnell, who has engaged in an ugly and very public back-and-forth with Mr. Trump since 2006, said the original pilot of her new Showtime series “SMILF” suffered because it was shot the day after the Mr. Trump’s election when she was in “no shape” for work.

“So when we did get picked up, I asked if I could reshoot the scenes and they allowed me. I think that was a huge thank you to them because I had a year of living with the reality of him,” she said of Mr. Trump. “I did a lot of therapy, I wasn’t in shock in anymore; as much as I am devastated, disappointed, disheartened, and depressed by the reality of it, I wasn’t in pure panic mode like I was that day and that week.”

Ms. 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.

“It’s taken a year for me to get my equilibrium back, to come back up to the surface, to really go, ‘OK, every Monday is the hope that this is the last week’ — and every Friday is a devastation. 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,” she continued. “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.”

Ms. O'Donnell also slammed the feminist community for not defending her against Mr. Trump’s verbal attacks over the years.

“No one — not the National Organization For Women, not Gloria Steinem, no one — stood up and said, ‘What the hell are you doing?’ It was laughed about,” she said.

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