Christine O’Donnell at book-signing

ARLINGTON, Va. – The day after her much-publicized appearance – or disappearance – on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight,” Christine O’Donnell was fired up as she spoke to a Northern Virginia Tea Party gathering and signed copies of her new book, “Trouble Maker: Let’s Do What It takes to Make America Great Again.”

Morgan began his interview Wednesday by telling the former Delaware candidate for the U.S. Senate that she was “the star of the midterm elections, the hottest thing the tea party had produced.”

Morgan initially asked O’Donnell questions she thought were fair, and he even empathized with her regrets about her “I’m not a witch” ad. But then Morgan launched into a tangent about masturbation and asked her if she had ever “lusted.”

“It was very sexist, the line of questioning,” said O’Donnell. “I think I was a good sport leading up to his questions. He took a decidedly creepy turn … He asked question after question after question about sex. Then he threw a question about gay marriage in there.”

By the time he pressed her on so-called “gay” rights, O’Donnell was offended and late for a speech, she said, so she ended the interview and walked off the set.

The Morgan interview recalled what O’Donnell describes as “unrelenting” attacks that she and her campaign workers received from media and both the Democratic and Republican political establishments.

In “Trouble Maker,” O’Donnell shares the lessons she learned, exposes culprits and tries to move citizens from apathy to activism.

At the event in Arlington, Va., Ron Wilcox, lead organizer of the Northern Virginia Tea Party, and several Virginia candidates praised O’Donnell for her leadership in a new era of American history.

“Christine O’Donnell is important because she represents the spirit of individual liberty and freedom that we are seeking to return to our country,” Wilcox told WND. “Christine, like the tea party, has been treated badly and Americans need to respect the work that she’s done to protect liberty and restrain constitutional government in the United States.”

O’Donnell addressing Northern Virginia Tea Party

Ken Vaughn, a 2012 Republican primary contender in Virginia’s 11th congressional district, shared his analysis.

“I think what Christine represents is the attitude in the country right now that something is seriously wrong with Congress. It has a 10-percent approval rating, and a 90-percent re-election rate. That’s pretty drastic,” said Vaughn.

“Christine is one of these people, like myself, who is not a career politician, but she’s very concerned about this country. People like Christine would not have stood up and run for office had they thought this country was going in the right direction. Instead, they’re changing their career paths in order save our country from a massive federal deficit.”

Tito Munoz, who gained national attention in 2008 as “Tito the Builder,” is a feisty Colombian immigrant running in the Aug. 23 Republican primary for a seat in Virginia state Senate.

“One of the reasons that Christine is important is because we need more conservative women fighting the fight – the same way that many people, like myself, should be out there fighting for our country, fighting for the conservative movement and the tea party,” said Munoz. “I think that people like Christine and Michele Bachmann and many other ladies are a strong force in America and we need them.”

Likewise, Republican Steve Hunt recognized O’Donnell as he seeks the state Senate seat formerly occupied by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

Christine O’Donnell

Hunt said, “An attractive, articulate, intelligent, conservative woman is one of the left’s worst nightmares. And if she were black, that would be their absolute worst nightmare – which is why they’re not a big fan of Starr Parker.

O’Donnell, he said, “stood her ground as [opponents] tried to bury her under things that were untrue or totally unimportant. Yet she stayed in the fight and that means she’s going to be someone to contend with.”

O’Donnell hopes to correct the record on some of the “propaganda” issued against her during the campaign. After TV host Bill Maher played up her confession that she once dabbled in witchcraft in her youth, the infamous “I’m not a witch” ad made by consultant Fred Davis was sent to the New York Times before she ever saw it. She also addresses charges of tax evasion by a George Soros group and a story by the Associated Press stating she didn’t know the First Amendment when it was her opponent, Chris Coons, who displayed ignorance.

“I wrote the book to inspire those of us in this middle class tea party, because I believe that we find ourselves at a crossroads right now,” O’Donnell told the crowd.

After her speech, WND interviewed O’Donnell about America’s history of changing attitudes and partisan power shifts; further asking what she expects in the future.

“In the epilogue, I talk about Jesus on the cross and how we have to rise above our own crosses,” she said. “I talk about how the very same people who were shouting ‘Hosanna’ one day were crying ‘Crucify Him’ a few days later. People are fickle.”

She said it’s “up to the leaders; it’s up to the activists or this middle-class movement that fuels the tea party to continue to stay strong.”

“Those of us who are committed to our principles can be the tipping point in steering that fickle population,” she said. “And I talk about that in the book, in the chapter about defeating the soundbite – how if we leaders and we activists are true to our principles and can clearly articulate our message, we can help to make sure our country heads back in the right direction.”

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