Rosie O’Donnell says she ‘didn’t trust herself’ to talk about the President until now.



THE feud between Rosie O’Donnell and Donald Trump is hardly a secret. But since he has been in office she’s refused to talk about him. Until now.

The Hollywood star is so sure of the damage the President is doing to the country that she told she believes his mental health isn’t 100 per cent.

“The problem with Trump is that he is severely mentally compromised, he has narcissistic personality disorder, and I believe he is in early onset dementia, which is quite apparent.”

While the actor and talk show host can’t medically diagnose the President, her long running feud with the former businessman has left her believing that he is not thinking clearly while he’s running the country.

“I think he has a drug problem. I think he probably takes Benzos to calm him down. He also says he’s never had a drop of liquor in his life,” she says, rolling her eyes. “That is inconceivable.”

On a roll, she continues. “He bumbles his way through and everyone is pretending not to notice,” she says, her voice escalating. “It’s like the film, Being There. And I do have a problem with people pretending not to notice, especially when it’s quite obvious that it’s right in front of them.”

O’Donnell sees the eventual Trump fallout extending to his family. “To think his hubris is going to ruin everyone that he claims to love, like his daughter – his prized possession – her husband … along with his two sons; that is the reality that we are coming to, and what he will do to prevent that from happening I think should terrify everyone in the world.”

Clearly, there’s no love lost between Trump and O’Donnell, who have been feuding for over two decades, but their squabbles have played out in the press and via Twitter, rather than in person. “I’ve only spoken to him … I think twice. Once was at the Survivor reunion show I hosted before he got The Apprentice.

“The first time I met him, it was when he was to wed Marla (Maples). But he was walking down the aisle at one of his hotels. He was shaking all the celebrities hands in a vestibule, not a church, but in the Trump Tower atrium!” she roars loudly.

“If you grew up in New York, as I did my whole life, you are not confused about who Donald Trump is. You were there through all the ridiculousness of his failed airlines, his failed vodka, and his fake university. He would come on talk shows, and he would just lie. He would say, ‘I have the number one book.'” She slams the table in front of her. “But it was not the number one book.

“Just before I came here, I saw him on TV saying, ‘We are the highest-taxed country in the world.’ No, we are not, actually. He doesn’t live in any way in reality. He is a clear and present danger for the nation and the world,” she says, animatedly. “The sooner that we get him out, the better. The closer that day doesn’t come, the more danger we are all in.”

Her voice lowers, “This is the first time I have spoken about him since he has been elected. So there you go,” she shrugs her shoulders. “I have done no interviews since that day, because I was not trusting myself about what I might say.”

O’Donnell, 55, looks unrecognisable today on this warm afternoon in Los Angeles. Her hair is worn long and grey for the role she’s currently taken on in the upcoming TV dramedy, SMILF, in which she plays an unconventional woman whose daughter is grappling with single motherhood.

“Nobody even believes that it’s me. With this hair I have anonymity for the first time in 25 years. I can walk through the mall or the airport completely unidentified and it’s kind of an interesting new taste of my old kind of freedom.”

From one tubby, ageing man to another, the subject of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein raises its head in the wake of the recent sexual harassment accusations against him, spearheaded by Ashley Judd.

“No, I wasn’t shocked. Everyone knows. I’ve known many actresses who have told stories like Ashley Judd has told, and I believe Ashley Judd. I believe every woman who is saying what happened to them at the hands of Harvey Weinstein.

She then speaks about her own experience with Weinstein. “I did a movie with [director] M. Night Shymalan in 1998 ( Wide Awake). Night called me crying one day. He was a young filmmaker and he said to me, ‘Harvey has recut it. Would you help me and go to a meeting with him?’ And I said to Harvey, ‘You don’t really have a right to tell van Gogh, ‘More blue,’ especially when you are the guy framing the painting. You are not the artist, you are just the framer.'” She pauses. “He did not enjoy that analogy and he called me a c***. I said, ‘Well, this is the last conversation you and I will ever have, Mr. Weinstein.’ And that was that.”

Currently in a relationship with a police officer twenty years her junior, O’Donnell has had two same-sex marriages. Tragically, her ex partner Michelle Rounds, to whom she was married from 2012 to 2015, suicided last month.

She has raised five children, with whom one of them, Chelsea, 20, she is estranged.

O’Donnell was one of the first celebrities to come out about her sexuality. She quips, “Sadly, none of my kids are gay. I tried very hard, I gave them Barbra Streisand [records] at an early age,” she laughs. “We watched musicals, they had a lot of exposure, but nothing. It proves that you can’t make a kid gay, because none of mine are.”