Rumors were already out there about Barron Trump being autistic, but Rosie O’Donnell just fanned the flames. She went to social media and asked if Donald Trump’s youngest son has autism. It’s a question drawing outrage from the public. Rumors that Barron Trump is autistic persist despite the fact it’s never been revealed by his parents that he’s on the spectrum.
Donald Trump and Rosie O’Donnell have feuded for years, though it ceased during his presidential campaign. His only reference to her was during the first Republican presidential debate in August of 2015 in which Megyn Kelly called out the president-elect for his penchant for calling women slobs, pigs, and other unsavory names. He was quick to say that he was solely referring to Rosie O’Donnell in every instance.
A new feud could be on the horizon after a tweet O’Donnell put out there about his son, as seen below.
— Rosie (@Rosie) November 22, 2016
not my movie clip – lots of us – who raise autistic children notice things many would miss… somethings felt familiar #NOshameAUTISM
— Rosie (@Rosie) November 23, 2016
O’Donnell loves children and raises several of them, so why would she venture to speculate on something so personal about Donald and Melania Trump’s son? The comedienne and former co-host of The View watched a seven-minute video called “Is Barron Trump Autistic? #StopTheBullying,” in which it points out certain characteristics associated with autism were detected in Barron’s movements at the Republican National Convention in July 2016. Footage contains an array of clips of Barron clapping, fidgeting in his seat, walking with his family, and standing on stage with his father during his presidential acceptance speech.
The video creator analyzes Barron Trump’s seemingly “autistic” behavior as he claps with his hands moving “erratically” without touching each other, “making strange movements in his seat,” walking “wobbly,” and demonstrating “anti-social behavior” while on stage during his father’s acceptance speech as president.
In the video, Barron was extremely tired at all of the events he was attending. He was up late and listening to talk that most 10-year-old’s would find extremely boring. People are trying to diagnose a child under these circumstances.
No one in the Trump family has confirmed or denied that Barron is autistic. There were scenes in the video of Donald Trump making statements about vaccines and its possible link to autism when he voiced his opposition to so many children receiving large doses of them in one doctor’s office visit, witnessing doses so large he thought they were more appropriate for a horse instead of a child. Trump shared that he’s personally known children to be administered the vaccines only for them to suffer high fevers and be diagnosed with autism later on. Trump claimed these were friends of his who have children on the spectrum. There are estimations that he was also referring to his own son at times, but it’s sheer speculation.
As expected, Rosie O’Donnell has received backlash for even mentioning Barron Trump, let alone giving credence to the idea that he’s autistic. She made it clear that she wasn’t singling out Barron as anything but “beautiful’ and an “angel” in another tweet. She added that NYC has great autism programs with inclusion for special needs children.
O’Donnell declares that she’s simply asking this question about Trump’s son because it’s a chance to bring awareness to autism and that there’s no shame in the disorder.
The rumors about Barron Trump having autism were also active after Melania told Parenting magazine about how particular he is about his room’s decor and that he enjoys playing alone for hours. More facts about Barron and what Melania had to say are revealed in the Inquisitr article “Barron Trump: 10 Facts About Donald Trump’s Youngest Son.”
O’Donnell is being slammed for “exploiting” Barron Trump by trying to “out” him as autistic. Even if there were any merit to her suspicions, people are outraged that she’d bring attention to something that’s none of her business. When someone is on a celebrity platform, their words on social media are seen by millions and end up in headlines when they ignite and engage in controversial discussions.
Since the future president’s old feuding partner has added to rumors that Barron Trump is autistic, it’ll be interesting to see if he responds.
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