Rosie O’Donnell has been making a lot of waves lately – and not in a good way. Recently, Rosie O’Donnell publicly speculated that Barron Trump may be autistic.
Most didn’t find it too surprising when Rosie received a lot of backlash for speculating that Barron Trump could be autistic.
Per US Weekly, Rosie O’Donnell has responded to the backlash she received for her speculation. However, Rosie did not apologize for her speculation that Barron Trump may be autistic. Instead, she responded to the backlash by clarifying why she made the speculation in the first place.
It was on Monday, November 21 that Rosie O’Donnell shared a seven-minute video which contained a compilation of clips from various presidential debates. The clips were being used to show that Barron Trump displayed a number of different behaviors that could be signs of autism. If you haven’t seen Rosie’s original tweet or watched the video yet, you can check it out below.
— Rosie (@Rosie) November 22, 2016
While it didn’t take long for Rosie O’Donnell to start receiving backlash for posting the video or speculating that Barron could be autistic, her tweet did not appear to be malicious. In fact, she said the following in a tweet.
“Barron Trump Autistic? if so – what an amazing opportunity to bring attention to the AUTISM epidemic.”
It appeared as if Rosie – who is also the parent of a child with autism – was just commenting on the fact that Barron being autistic and Donald being president could be great for other individuals in the autism community.
Per Inquisitr, one of the biggest reasons Rosie received so much backlash for speculating that Barron could be autistic was because children were off limits. Many of the individuals who became outraged at what Rosie had said did so because she was speaking ill of a child. Some claimed the topic was not up for discussion until Barrons’ parents made the decision to speak about it.
Was Rosie out of line? While many people seem to feel that way, Rosie responded to the backlash she had received and it wasn’t because she thought she was out of line or so she could apologize for what she had said.
Rosie O’Donnell responded to the backlash by sharing a poem on her website on Saturday, November 26. She responded to the backlash head-on by talking about how her three-year-old daughter was diagnosed with high functioning autism in September. She talked about how the diagnosis caused her to submerge herself in literature about autism in order to learn everything she could about the condition.
“as we try to grab onto / anything to keep us standing / the knowledge we r not alone / there r others living this too,” she wrote. “when i saw the anti-bullying video / that mentioned barron / it spoke to the symptoms many ASD kids have / it was educational and informational.”
Rosie O’Donnell went on to stress that she made the decision to respond to speculation that Barron Trump may be autistic because she thought it would be good for the autism community.
“1 in 55 kids is an epidemic / donald and i agree on that / and not much else,” she wrote.
“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.”
As Rosie responded to the backlash she had received for speculating that Barron Trump could be autistic, she wanted it to be clear that she was not attacking Donald Trump or his son.
While Rosie O’Donnell has responded to the backlash, it appears as if she is standing by what she has speculated. Rosie believes if Barron is autistic it could mean good things for the autism community. Rosie O’Donnell has no intention of apologizing for what she said because she does not feel as if she did anything wrong.
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