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Rosie O'Donnell Says Joe Biden Should 'Sit This One Out'

Rosie O'Donnell

The vocal Trump opponent says Democratic front-runner Biden is "antiquated" in his beliefs. 

Out actress and activist Rosie O'Donnell has a long history with Donald Trump that dates back to a feud she had with him when she first appeared on The View in 2006. During a presidential debate with Hillary Clinton in 2016, Trump invoked O'Donnell's name, saying he was justified in having hurled slurs like "pig" at her. When Chris Cuomo invited O'Donnell, an outspoken opponent of Trump's, to his CNN show to ask which Democrat she thought has the best chance of beating Trump, she said that front-runner Joe Biden should drop out of the race.

"I think Joe Biden should say, 'I'm going to sit this one out; I'm going to be an elder statesman and I'm going to advise,'" O'Donnell said. "Whoever is the nominee, I think, should think about how to best use somebody with the experience that Joe Biden has, and all these years of politics. But he's not the future of the Democratic Party."

Cuomo continued to press O'Donnell on why she doesn't support Biden when his polling numbers currently show he is the Democrat with the best shot at beating Trump.

He is "antiquated in a lot of his thinking, a lot of his beliefs," O'Donnell said of Biden.

"A lot of his history is from a long time ago. And I feel like it is time to pass the torch, as Eric Swalwell said [in the recent Democratic debate]. I don't think 80 is an age to be starting a presidential job," she added.

Cuomo continued to push the point that no other Democratic candidate polls so strongly against Trump, but O'Donnell stuck to her point.

"Well, that's what they say," O'Donnell answered. "But I don't believe that's true. Your time has passed in terms of being the president of the United States. That's my personal opinion."

As for which Democrat O'Donnell would like to see land the nomination, she said she'd be "thrilled" to back either Elizabeth Warren or Kamala Harris, although she's particularly impressed with Warren.

"I'm really for Elizabeth Warren. I think her plans that she has for just about everything, all that she did with the big banks and corporate shakedowns. She was a leader in so many ways and still is. I think she's formidable against Trump and all of the money that she's raised from non-lobbyists, it's pretty astounding to me what she's been able to do."

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Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.
Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.