In the interview with W Magazine, O’Donnell revealed that she seriously worries whether she “personally will be able to live through [his presidency] 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. And the ineptitude — the impotence of people who should be able to stop him claiming they can’t — is absolutely infuriating,” O’Donnell said.
The longtime Trump critic told W Magazine that she was in “severe shock” when Trump won the election and she went through “a lot of therapy.”
“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 said. “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 said she was in “pure panic mode” the week following the election but she’s now just “devastated, disappointed, disheartened, and depressed by the reality of it.”
The comedian revealed that 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, ‘OK, every Monday is the hope that this is the last week’ — and every Friday is a devastation,” O’Donnell said.
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.”
O’Donnell has never done much to hide her disdain for Trump, and in return, neither has he.
The pair has fought on-and-off for years now, and with his election to the highest office in the United States, O’Donnell has made it a personal mission to call him out whenever she can.
O’Donnell has even addressed Trump’s wife Melania directly on Twitter, suggesting she divorce the president and take their 11-year-old son, Barron.
– which is y u need to divorce him – take ur son n parents and FLEE
— ROSIE (@Rosie) March 29, 2017
Trump 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 has called Trump “mentally unstable” and accused him of “treason.” She also led an anti-Trump protest outside the White House in February.
O’Donnell has been very vocal on social media about Trump’s presidency, taking every opportunity to call out what she perceives as ineptitude.
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.
TRUMP IS A CRIMINAL – https://t.co/dkhfSr4Ubc
— ROSIE (@Rosie) January 1, 2017
O’Donnell called him an “orange anus” in a tweet in response to the GOP nominee’s derogatory remarks from the presidential debate. In the segment attached to the tweet, the comedian impersonates Trump while discussing a Miss USA 2006 winner, Tara Conner. She also tweeted, “HE WILL NEVER BE PRESIDENT.” (Obviously, that prediction didn’t come true.)
Trump has previously called O’Donnell a “true loser” and a “total loser.”
—With files from Chris Jancelewicz