TMZ reports that Melania Trump has succeeded in forcing a YouTuber to remove a video claiming that her son Barron Trump has autism.
“Melania Trump just got what she was after… the man who posted the YouTube video suggesting Barron had autism is taking the video down.”
The video creator may have meant well — he urged people to stop bullying people with autism for their “weird behavior.” The creator reportedly suffers from autism himself and wanted to stop bullies from targeting Barron Trump.
“The video was posted by someone who says he was diagnosed with autism at age 5, and he says he posted the video because he wanted to stop people for bullying Barron over his ‘weird behavior.'”
Melania’s lawyers say that the claim that Barron is autistic is simply false.
“The YouTube video falsely insinuates Barron is autistic.”
TMZ actually had a hand in orchestrating the removal of the video as well as reporting it. TMZ contacted the creator of the video and informed him that Melania was threatening to sue.
The claim that Barron has autism was based on some observations of the future-First Son’s behavior. The video claimed that Barron clapping without slapping his hands together is a sign that he suffers from autism.
Melania Trump’s attorney, Charles J. Harder, says Barron did this once at the end of a long day at the Republican National Convention. Harder insists that the “vast majority of the time, he claps normally.”
The video showed the famous footage of Barron Trump during Donald’s victory speech at the RNC, which occurred in the early hours of the day after the election. Quartz reports that Donald Trump gave his victory speech around 3 a.m.
Barron was also caught on camera on other occasions yawning and grimacing on the night his father won the presidency.
USA Today reported that Barron “took the internet by storm” when he struggled to stay away during his dad’s speech.
“In Donald Trump’s victory speech, when he said, ‘We’re going to dream of things for our country,’ his son might have actually been dreaming.”
The person who made the autism video will apologize to the Trumps, according to the TMZ report.
“Fact is… Barron does not have autism and the video perpetuated the bullying, but the guy behind the video says it will come down and he will issue a retraction and an apology to Melania and Barron.”
The conflict has been a bitter one indeed — Donald Trump’s long-time enemy Rosie O’Donnell weighed in, retweeting the video claiming that Barron is autistic.
Rosie may have been disingenuous when she expressed concern in the caption, saying that Barron Trump’s autism will provide “a great opportunity to raise awareness.”
Hope Melania sues Rosie O'Donnell https://t.co/xeDN9YjCDM— P.J. Degross (@Pjdahling) November 29, 2016
Donald Trump has called Rosie O’Donnell “a pig” and “disgusting” many times. CNN has provided a timeline of the conflict between Rosie and Donald, which began in 2006 when Rosie claimed that Donald Trump has been bankrupt.
Rosie made her comments on The View. Donald Trump denies that he has ever been bankrupt.
“You can’t make false statements. Rosie will rue the words she said. I’ll most likely sue her for making those false statements — and it’ll be fun. Rosie’s a loser. A real loser. I look forward to taking lots of money from my nice fat little Rosie.”
NBC reports that Trump doubled down on Rosie in 2016, saying at the presidential debate that he stands by recent remarks that Rosie is a “pig.”
“Rosie O’Donnell — I said very tough things to her, and I think everybody would agree that she deserves it and nobody feels sorry for her.”
Rosie O’Donnell denies that she was being vicious when she retweeted the Barron Trump autism video, according to KDVR.
“O’Donnell, 54, has been an outspoken critic of Trump for years, but said her post had nothing to do with their personal feud or her political beliefs.”
I feel sorry for Rosie 's new partner in love whose parents are devastated at the thought of their daughter being with @Rosie--a true loser.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 14, 2011
Melania Trump’s team state that the Barron Trump autism video “instigated further bullying by Rosie O’Donnell,” according to TMZ.
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