Last January I argued in my column, Don’t Quote Me, that the rancorous situation between Donald Trump and Rosie O’Donnell is not, as the media so innocently calls it, a “feud,” but rather a very public display of Trump’s misogyny and homophobia. Despite Trump’s many efforts to make O’Donnell look bad, all he did was make himself look worse. His eagerness to expose a side of his character that most people would try to hide proved that he not only lacks a mental edit function, but that he lacks a conscience, as well.
It’s been a few months since Trump made the worst of his remarks. So when I learned yesterday that he had emerged from his gold-plated sewer just long enough to share with Entertainment Tonight his insensitive views on O’Donnell and her methods of dealing with depression, I thought, "Yippee! Three more months of lesbian-bashing!"
Oh, no. I’m sorry. That was my Trumpified alter ego speaking from Insaneland. The real me fired off a passionate email to O’Donnell, requesting an interview. Although she doesn’t normally give interviews, she agreed to take a few questions by email, which she answered in typical blogworthy Rosie fashion.
AfterEllen.com: You haven’t agreed to an interview on the Donald Trump situation until now. What changed your mind?
AE: Why do you think that a man who has nothing valuable to say won’t shut up?
AE: Why do you think that the media is ignoring the deeper harm caused by Trump’s hurtful words?
AE: I think Trump continues to bash you because he’s a homophobe and a misogynist. What do you think?
AE: What bothers you most about what Trump has said?
AE: The media continues to call your situation with Trump a "feud,” which is a ridiculously innocuous way to describe abuse. How do we teach people to stop treating each other so badly if we can’t admit we’re treating one another badly in the first place?
AE: How do you feel the gay community has treated you in the aftermath of these Trump statements?
AE: Is it true that GLAAD spoke to you about the Trump situation months ago, and that you told them to remain silent because of the publicity it would bring to Trump?
AE: How do you balance being a comedian and a very passionate social commentator?
AE: You’re very open on The View about being a lesbian; how have viewers responded?
AE: Finally, I’d be remiss if I didn’t ask you about the rumors that you’re going to get your own talk show again in fall 2008. Are they true, and if so, what can you tell me about the format?