A theater group co-founded by President Trump’s longtime foe Rosie O’Donnell is still enjoying tens of thousands of dollars in public funding granted by the Trump administration, a new report has found.
Rosie’s Theater Kids, a group that has received $300,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts since 2012, received a $50,000 grant last year under Mr. Trump’s administration, and an additional $30,000 grant this year, the Washington Free Beacon reported Tuesday.
Rosie’s Theater Kids, co-founded by Ms. O’Donnell in 2003 at a public school in New York City, says it provides services including “performing arts instruction, life skills development, academic tutoring, and a home-away-from-home environment that is safe and nurturing” for young students.
The new grant will fund dance, drama and music training for kids during a summer and after-school program, the Free Beacon said.
Ms. O’Donnell, who said in October that she needed “a lot of therapy” after Mr. Trump’s election and who routinely calls for his impeachment, recently used the website Etsy to sell 5x7 prints of the president labeled “rapist” and “liar,” among other insults.
“til trump is out I will keep making these I started doodling on my I phone many images of trump and his regime my sadness rage disappointment,” she wrote to fans last month. “all money collected with be matched by me and donated to ANTI TRUMP CANDIDATES AND CAUSES we can do this America save ourselves from tyranny.”
Ms. O’Donnell and Mr. Trump have engaged in a more than decade-long feud that started in 2006 when the comedian called the then-Miss USA pageant owner a “bankrupt” “snake-oil salesman” and criticized his multiple marriages. Mr. Trump responded by calling Ms. O’Donnell a “fat” “loser” and the two have engaged in a very public back-and-forth ever since.
In October, during her first interview since the 2016 election, Ms. O’Donnell said she had to be treated for PTSD after Mr. Trump’s victory resurfaced her trauma of being abused as a child.
According to the Free Beacon, Rosie’s Theater Kids “did not immediately respond to request for comment on whether accepting the funding makes the group ‘complicit’ with the Trump administration.”
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