Rosie O’Donnell has been a vocal critic of Donald Trump’s since he took office. On Thursday she spoke out about Trump’s failure to properly respond to the coronavirus crisis.
The comedian, actress, and former television host has a long history of waging wars of words with Trump and she used a recent interview with TMX News to kick off a new war. O’Donnell joined a group of other celebrities who have publicly criticized the way Trump has responded to the COVID-19 health crisis.
“There’s tremendous confusion, and it comes right from President Trump and it started from him saying it was a hoax, a Democratic hoax,” O’Donnell stated.
O’Donnell was referring to a speech Trump made back on February 28 at a rally he held in South Carolina. During the rally, Trump called the coronavirus a “hoax” created by Democrats to try and stop him from being elected in 2020,
“At this level of crisis that he would choose to go that way I mean — he really is such a disappointment to so many people on so many different levels,” O’Donnell added.
She then mocked Trump’s earlier promise that people who wanted to be tested would get tested. Despite that promise, America is lagging behind all other countries when it comes to getting Americans to access to proper testing to determine if they have been infected by the virus.
“We needed the test kits months ago. No one answered why he decided to not take the World Health Organization tests. I think it was for him to try making the tests in the United States,” O’Donnell said.
She then added: “We need to – when this is over – to get through the reasons why things happened as they did, so we can make sure this never happens again. We’re looking forward to a time when the nation has a leader they can trust, who doesn’t lie to them.”
She then went on to note that the lack of federal leadership has contributed to Americans’ being fearful about the spread of COVID-19. She suggested that Trump’s response will affect his reelection campaign.
“In November I think Americans will use their voices loud and strong,” O’Donnell said.
“We need to – when this is over – to get through the reasons why things happened as they did, so we can make sure this never happens again. We’re looking forward to a time when the nation has a leader they can trust, who doesn’t lie to them.”
The star noted that the lack of federal leadership is contributing to Americans’ being anxious about the spread of COVID-19. She also suggested that this will negatively impact Trump’s reelection campaign.
“In November I think Americans will use their voices loud and strong,” O’Donnell concluded.
O’Donnell also announced during the interview that she would be reviving her talk show “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” for one night to raise funds for the Actors Fund and help the industry that’s been deeply affected by the pandemic response.
The one episode will be live-streamed on both YouTube and Broadway.com ion March 22.
“Everybody who knows me knows that Broadway has been one of the brightest lights in my life since the time I was a little girl,” said O’Donnell in a statement. “It has also been the lifeblood of New York City for generation after generation. After all, Broadway has given to the world, now – in this time of tremendous need – it’s our turn to give something back.”