- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 25, 2019

Comedian Amy Poehler revealed in a new interview that she finds President Trump’s behavior so “upsetting” that she actively avoids watching him speak on television.

“It’s really hard to not have a full-on panic attack every day. It’s why people are self-medicating,” Ms. Poehler told The Hollywood Reporter while sipping wine at the Brooklyn wine shop she co-owns with composer Amy Miles and Mrs. Miles’ husband, Mark Robertson.

In the interview published Wednesday, Ms. Poehler reacted to the public release of the long-awaited Mueller Report, saying the day-to-day drama in the Trump administration has brought her closer to her female friends.

“Women have been rightly and righteously furious about this administration and have been working together and bonding together just in an attempt to make sense of all of it,” she said. “Every woman I know has a text chain, every morning we just say, ‘Can you believe this? Can we break this down together so I don’t lose my mind? Anybody out there?’ Because it’s really crazy-making.

“I can’t watch him speak. It’s so upsetting,” she added.

Ms. Poehler, who raised money for Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election, said Mr. Trump’s electoral victory was “a huge loss for all of us,” including her sons, 10-year-old Archie and 8-year-old Abel. She said her children responded to the election by donating their birthday money to causes related to immigration and climate change.

“They have to understand their privilege in the world,” Ms. Poehler said. “They cannot just live in a bubble because truly the world depends on it. We are handing them a world that’s on fire — the oceans are rising, the animals are dying — and saying, ‘Good luck, kid!’”

Ms. Poehler is making her directorial debut on Netflix on May 10 with “Wine Country,” starring fellow former “Saturday Night Live” cast members Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph and Rachel Dratch.

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