Christine O’Donnell On Her Piers Morgan Walk-Out: ‘It was fun.’ [UPDATE]

O'Donnell (Getty Images)

O'Donnell (Getty Images)

After walking out of her interview with Piers Morgan, Christine O’Donnell addressed the Women’s National Republican Club on West 51st Street, starting about 45 minutes late, just before 7. “I want to apologize for being so late. I know that’s not respectful of your time, so please accept my apology,” Ms. O’Donnell began. “We started out at about 5 o’clock in the morning at Fox and Friends and we’ve gone nonstop until the final stop at CNN a few minutes ago.” Strangely, no mention was made of the walk-out that Piers Morgan was at that very moment hyping on Twitter.

After her brief remarks, The Transom tentatively approached the book-signing table, where Ms. O’Donnell was inscribing a copy of Troublemaker: “Gov. Christie: Keep up the great work! -Christine O’Donnell.” The book was for a well-wisher who said she intended to gift it to Chris Christie.

Why had she stormed out of Mr. Morgan’s studios? (Even during the Q.&A. session following her speech, when asked about the media’s treatment of her, Ms. O’Donnell chose to focus on what she saw as the evenhanded treatment she’d received at the hands of ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.) Ms. O’Donnell laughed when we told her it was a big story. “Is it?” she asked, with (sincere?) incredulity.

“We were late for this, and he wasn’t ending, and we were going, ‘Wrap up, wrap up!’ He was late and he wasn’t ending. He’s looking for ratings. He’s looking for ratings. He was being rude, and I said, ‘Piers, I gotta go! You know, I’m late already!’ He’s looking for ratings, and trying to stir up a controversy.”

“But it was fun!” said an aide.

“It was fun,” concurred Ms. O’Donnell.

(During that Piers Morgan interview, Ms. O’Donnell states, “I was supposed to be speaking at the Republican Women’s Club at 6 o’clock and I chose to be a little late for that not to be—not to endure a rude talk show host but to talk about my book and talk about the issues I address in my book. Have you read the book?” Ms. O’Donnell mentions her lateness to the Women’s National Republican Club only after calling Mr. Morgan “rude” twice and making clear that she is walking out.)

But a mere media contretemps is far less troubling to Ms. O’Donnell than what she sees as double standards faced by female candidates. She told The Transom: “In the 2008 campaign, no one would have dared ask Barack Obama, ‘How are you going to control your libido? You’re a strapping young man. What are you going to do around all those interns?’ But people can ask Michele Bachmann about her migraines.” That said, Ms. O’Donnell is intrigued, so far, with Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry as presidential candidates, but declined for now to make an endorsement. “If it gets close, and we need to wrap it up, then I might make an endorsement.”

Of her time in New York—she was leaving after the speech to go to Washington for more promotion—Ms. O’Donnell told The Transom: ”It’s been a whirlwind!”

ddaddario@observer.com :: @DPD_

Comments

  1. Kevin says:

    “I want to talk about my book and you are asking me questions that are “in the book” so leave me alone.  I gotta go, I’m late, I’m late for a very important date…”

  2. Jstonewrite says:

    Morgan kept asking O’Donnell her opinions on sex and abstinence. Since he was so interested in opinions on matters of privacy, she should have responded by asking him to talk about his experiences hacking into the cell phones of private citizens while working as a newspaper editor in London.

  3. blasteroid77 says:

    another dirty tea party whore . howard played the clip this morning.   Christine is not bright and must have  gave head right up the politcal ladder.  Piers simply asked her where she stands on gay marriage and masturbation. thats all. after all when your in poilitics  people need to know where one stands  if they want their support.  

  4. Nowstopit says:

    She is a church whore and she knows it. I couldnt stop laughing.  How dare you ask me questions about the book ask michele bachmann the queen whore what an idiot

  5. Luvmyfmly_001 says:

    Why are you surprised at her reaction? Like most of the speakers or authors from her party, they will say one thing, but when asked to elaborate on it, they either get angry and storm off, change the subject or simply ignore the questions. I do not understand how she can state Piers was being rude when he was simply asking her questions which she herself apparently discusses in her book. How is that rude? So let’s see, she appears to want to go on television to discuss her book, but refuses to do so when asked…doesn’t make sense to me.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Who publishes this rag?

  7. Cody says:

    Both O’Donnell and Piers Morgan suck really bad.

  8. Hello says:

    I’m not surprise about his rudeness. He is freakin British, they are always rude.