Rosie O’Donnell Responds After Being Slammed for Asking if Barron Trump Is Autistic — And She’s Not Apologizing

Rosie O’Donnell and Donald Trump have had a complicated relationship over the years. Their feud seemed to reach an all new level of low last week when O’Donnell asked if Trump’s 10-year-old son has autism.

YouTube user James Hunter posted a video of Barron Trump fidgeting with the title, “Is Barron Trump Autistic? #StopTheBullying.” O’Donnell tweeted the video:

https://twitter.com/Rosie/status/800939338615824384?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

People were quick to call her out for using a 10-year-old as ammo in her feud with Donald Trump. Rosie defended herself, saying her feelings towards Donald Trump had nothing to do with her tweet.

On her own website, she wrote:

“here is how it went down –
my 3.5 yr old daughter dakota
was diagnosed in september
with HFA – high functioning autism

i have been immersed in that world/reality since
learning – reading – asking questions
it’s all autism – all the time
for the newly diagnosed

as we try to grab onto
anything to keep us standing
the knowledge we r not alone
there r others living this too

when i saw the anti bullying video
that mentioned barron
it spoke to the symptoms many ASD kids have
it was educational and informational

these symptoms so many do not understand
– i thought – how amazing IF
IF
it is true

IF it is true – i tweeted from my heart
it would help so much with the autism epidemic

1 in 55 kids is an epidemic
donald and i agree on that
and not much else
i feel he is a clear and present danger

but this autism subject –
had nothing to do with donald
though i admit
he does trigger me in all ways –

i have no ill will for his children –
or any children –
and if u knew anything about me –
u would know that

donald does not have the power
to change the facts
to re write history
so speak true – stand tall

THE WORLD IS WATCHING

for those who felt me a horror
what can i say
humans we
try r very best and fail often

peace out
as we try to save democracy
from this madman
who thinks OUR country is his”

Rosie O’Donnell’s statement starts out as an explanation of her own experience in an effort to demonstrate that her tweet was out of concern and advocacy for the autism community, not out of scorn for Donald.

Lines 21 and 22 speak to this message:

“i tweeted from my heart
it would help so much with the autism epidemic”

She goes on to reiterate that the comment had nothing to do with Donald:

“but this autism subject –
had nothing to do with donald”

But, a later stanza seems to be all about Trump:

“donald does not have the power
to change the facts
to re write history
so speak true – stand tall”

She also tried to appeal to those who were quick to judge her, writing:

“for those who felt me a horror
what can i say
humans we
try r very best and fail often”

This part of the statement leads us to believe that Rosie thinks the best way to deal with people, is to recognize that as humans, we’re all just doing the best we can.

…However the last part of her statement seems to exclude Donald Trump from that reasoning:

“peace out
as we try to save democracy
from this madman
who thinks OUR country is his”

Autism has become a subject at the forefront of the medical community as more and more people are diagnosed. As a mother to a 3 1/2-year-old with autism, it’s difficult to imagine that Rosie O’Donnell would want to use the condition as an insult against another child.

Maybe the lesson here is that when it comes to someone else’s child, it’s best to say nothing at all.

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