How Trump stigmatizes depression
He bragged about ‘getting even” with Rosie O’Donnell when he mocked her for having depression. And the “beans” he’s threatened to “spill” about Ted Cruz’s wife are likely the same issue.
Donald Trump, while feuding with Rosie O’Donnell in the mid-2000s, mocked her struggle with depression, an insult which temporarily ended their very public war of words and which Trump boasted about weeks later in a speech as an example of how to “get even.”
Over the past week, Trump has turned his attention toward Ted Cruz’s wife. He retweeted a crude meme comparing Heidi Cruz and Melania Trump. And Trump has threatened to “spill the beans” on Heidi Cruz — which many have interpreted as a reference to her struggle with depression in the 2000s. The Trump campaign in recent days has pointed, belatedly, to Heidi Cruz’s work on the Council on Foreign Relations, and other Washington groups.
An early episode of Trump’s very public and vicious treatment of women occurred in 2006 and 2007, when he was engaged in a now-infamous feud with O’Donnell which began when she criticized his handling of the Miss USA pageant. The two traded barbs over several months, with Trump attacking O’Donnell’s physical appearance in the cruelest of terms.