By Hayden Wright
Madonna was one of Hillary Clinton’s most vocal supporters through the 2016 election, and the Queen of Pop told actress Elizabeth Banks that she’s taken Donald Trump’s election hard. The pair sat down for a Billboard interview and Madonna pulled no punches about the lay of the land, post-election. In her words, “We’re f—ed.”
“[The election] felt like someone died,” Madonna said. “[It] felt like a combination of the heartbreak and betrayal you feel when someone you love more than anything leaves you, and also a death. I feel that way every morning; I wake up and say, ‘Oh, wait, Donald Trump is still the president,’ and it wasn’t a bad dream that I had.”
The icon added that women, in particular, failed to stand up in opposition to Trump, his policies, and his attitudes.
“It feels like women betrayed us,” she said. “The percentage of women who voted for Trump was insanely high … Women’s nature is not to support other women. It’s really sad. Men protect each other, and women protect their men and children. Women turn inward and men are more external.”
Madonna also laid blame on people who didn’t vote at all.
“A lot of it has to do with jealousy and some sort of tribal inability to accept that one of their kind could lead a nation,” she said. “Other people just didn’t bother to vote because they didn’t like either candidate, or they didn’t think Trump had a chance in the world. They took their hands off the wheel and then the car crashed.”
In a juicy glimmer of insight, Madonna recalled one time she did a photo shoot at Trump’s Mar-A-Lago country club in Florida. She said that though she found him “amusing” and “friendly,” the businessman was distinctly unpresidential.
“He’s a very friendly guy, charismatic in that boastful, macho, alpha-male way,” she said. “I found his political incorrectness amusing. Of course, I didn’t know he was going to be running for president 20 years later. People like that exist in the world, I’m OK with it. They just can’t be heads of state. I just can’t put him and Barack Obama in the same sentence, same room, same job description.”