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The Feud Continues As Rosie O'Donnell Bashes Trump's Coronavirus Response

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By Adreon Patterson

Rosie O’Donnell strongly criticized President Donald Trump for how he and his administration are handling of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The 57-year-old actress and former talk show host reignited her feud with Trump in a recent interview with TMX News. She joined a bevy of celebrities who have criticized the President’s slow response to the pandemic in the United States.

Over the years, O’Donnell and Trump have famously feuded since her first stint on The View. The two have constantly gone back and forth through the press and social media.

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O'Donnell told People, “There’s tremendous confusion, and it comes right from President Trump and it started from him saying it was a hoax, a Democratic hoax."

In the interview, the comedian was referencing Trump's rally speech from February 28 in South Carolina, where at the time he the severity of the COVID-19 by calling it another “hoax” as Democrats were calling for his removal from office.

“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.

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She even mocked the President’s previous promise that everyone could get tested for the coronavirus if they need it. Despite his claims, America is currently lagging behind other countries in terms of having tests ready for its citizens to determine whether they have the virus or not.

“We needed the test kits months ago. No one answered why he decided to not take the World Health Organization tests," O'Donnell remarked. "I think it was for him to try making the tests in the United States."

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“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," the comedian added. "We’re looking forward to a time when the nation has a leader they can trust, who doesn’t lie to them.”

The actress noted the administration's lack of leadership is contributing to Americans’ anxiety about the spread of coronavirus. She even went as far as to suggest this will negatively impact Trump’s reelection campaign.

“In November, I think Americans will use their voices loud and strong,” O’Donnell concluded.

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Her rebuke of President Trump and his administration came as she announced that she will be reviving her beloved talk show The Rosie O’Donnell Show for one night only as part of a fundraiser for the Actors Fund, which aims to help the industry professionals deeply affected by the entertainment industry's response pot the pandemic.

The special revival episode will stream live on YouTube and Broadway.com on March 22 since New York theaters and all of Broadway are closed until mid-April.

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“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."

O'Donnell played Tutu on Showtime's SMILF before it was canceled, as she is set to appear in the HBO limited series I Know This Much Is True.

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