9 Reasons Rosie O’Donnell Is Pretty Gosh Darned Cool

Last night, Donald Trump took a swipe at Rosie O’Donnell during the GOP debate, because apparently he’s not over it yet. Rosie and Trump have been fighting since 2007, and although judging by her reaction to his insults (“Try explaining that to your kids,” as she tweeted last night) she seems to be over it, he’s still capitalizing on his celebrity status to keep his campaign going.

WHATEVER, TRUMP. Rosie isn’t the most popular celebrity who ever graced the face of the Earth, but there’s no denying that she’s pretty friggin’ cool. Here are nine facts to prove it:

1. In 2006, she donated $5.7 million to build temporary shelters, Habitat for Humanity subdivisions, and day care centers in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina.

2. She lets her kids paint her Emmy award trophies.

3. During the filming of “A League of Their Own,” Rosie, Tom Hanks, and some of her comedian friends took turns entertaining the 1700 extras who had to sit around on set in period costume in Indiana’s summer heat.

4. When she got a $3 million advance to write a memoir, Rosie used the money to seed her For All Kids foundation, which has awarded $22 million in grants to day care centers across the country.

5. Rosie also has a performing arts charity called Rosie’s Theater Kids, which provides theater classes for kids in low-income areas of New York City.

6. Rosie created VH1’s “Stand-Up Spotlight,” which was the network’s most popular show for four years.

7. When LGBT activists criticized Rosie’s multiple statements about having a crush on Tom Cruise as deceptive after she came out as a lesbian, she responded, “I said I wanted him to mow my lawn and bring me a lemonade. I never said I wanted to blow him.”

8. In 2014, she participated in a reading of Any One of Us: Words From Prison with Rosario Dawson and Eve Ensler, to bring attention to the connection between women’s incarceration and domestic violence.

9. Her Donald Trump impression is genuinely goddamn flawless, and way funnier than any beneath-the-belt joke he’s ever made about her:

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