Rosie O'Donnell: Trump Pays People to Show Up at His Rallies and He Rigged the Election

By Susan Jones | August 7, 2018 | 8:36 AM EDT

Rosie O'Donnell leads an anti-Trump protest outside the White House on Monday, August 6. (Photo: Screen capture/YouTube)

( - Fresh off her anti-Trump sing-along protest at the White House on Monday, Rosie O'Donnell spoke to CNN's Chris Cuomo about her love of country and hatred of Donald Trump.

And just for good measure, she tossed in a few conspiracy theories -- that Donald Trump "rigged" the 2016 election and that "he pays people to show up at those rallies."

It was -- interesting.

Here are snippets from the woman who has a long-running feud with Donald Trump. He has called her "crude, rude, obnoxious and dumb"; a "true loser"; a "total trainwreck," among other personal insults.

On Monday, O'Donnell told Chris Cuomo that "most of America" wants to Trump to leave office.


"So all we have to do is -- is encourage people to show up, to protest, to use their voice to save democracy. We've got just a couple months till November, and till then we have to fight with everything we got, because if somehow they're able to rig the elections again, as I believe they did in 2016, then we're going to all be in trouble as democracy dies right here on our watch."

Cuomo reminded O'Donnell that "Russian interference is a known fact," but the "impact on the election is not a known fact."

"No, I do believe it was rigged," O'Donnell said.

Cuomo told her that the intelligence community does not believe actual votes were changed by the Russians, but O'Donnell said she does believe it:

What do I think? Did they come in there and make Trump win when every single exit poll and every person in America knew for sure that Hillary Clinton was going to win? Do you think that there was anything to do with Russia or just a real big swirl for Donald Trump in these specific areas with the same exact amount of votes that were needed? I don't know. It looks very hinky to me," O'Donnell said.

O'Donnell predicted that there will be a huge turnout among anti-Trump voters on Election Day, "as people have really just had enough."

She said the good economic news that Trump keeps touting isn't good for the "average American," and to Cuomo's surprise, she said Trump "doesn't know how to inspire people."

"What about his rallies?" Cuomo asked.

"First of all, people are paid, Chris. You know that," O'Donnell said. "People were paid since he went down on the escalator. He pays people to show up at those rallies. That is a fact."

"But I don't know that that's why he gets ten of thousands at the rallies," Cuomo said. "I think he captures a lot of emotion."

"But he doesn't get tens of thousands," O'Donnell said. "When did he get tens of thousands at the last rally? Tell me when?"

“At the Tampa (rally), I think they only had 9,000 seats and there were people outside, but Rosie, I've seen him,” Cuomo said. “He gets big groups of people who come out. He gives themes that resonate. Whatever they're positive or not, that's up to other people to decide. Maybe some are, I don't know, I don't have the facts that his crowds are bought off.”

"But you can look at -- well, you can look at all the requests for extras to come and cheer and with signs for him, you can find those tangible pieces of evidence. Those are not real rallies. You know, when he went down on that escalator, he paid all those people there, calling rapists and Mexicans rapists. This is not real what he's doing, even though he keeps screaming that you guys are not real," O'Donnell said.

"Yeah, well, I know he does that. I know he does that, Rosie, but listen. Look, I've known you a long time. You've known my family a long time... When he came down that escalator, did I see the reporting that there were paid people there? Yes, I did. Did I believe it? Yes, I did. Have I seen it at all of these rallies? No, so I'm not going to do what the president does. I'm not going to say they're all bought off, they're fake, because I think that's BS. I don't think it's true and I'm not going to play to it just because I think it's satisfying.

O'Donnell said her purpose in leading protests outside the White House is "to remind people of the truth that lives inside them so that when they're so confused and lied to by our president and this administration, they're able to find that thing about America that they love and that's true and that's real and remember that feeling and hold on to that feeling we go through these next very tumultuous weeks, as we lead up the election and the Mueller report finally coming out, that it's going to be very loud, and it's going to be very crazy. And we all have to remain focused and centered on the truth."

O'Donnell said she believes a majority of Americans want to see Trump impeached.

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