On 21 November 2016, Rosie O’Donnell posted a video on Twitter that compiled a series of behaviors of Donald Trump’s 10-year-old son, Barron, with the speculation that the child could be autistic:

Barron Trump Autistic? if so – what an amazing opportunity to bring attention to the AUTISM epidemic https://t.co/Acgy1Qxyqi via @YouTube

— Rosie (@Rosie) November 22, 2016

Her tweet prompted accusations of bullying, as no proof exist that he has any disorder or learning disability; further, his parents have made no public comments about his health:

Remember how the liberal elites warned everyone to leave Sasha and Malia alone?

Well that doesn’t work with children of Republican candidates.

Rosie O’Donnell is going after 10 year-old Baron Trump.

Rosie attacked Baron Trump and autistic children in one tweet.

While it is true that O’Donnell posted the tweet, she faced a backlash for it almost immediately. On her web site, O’Donnell responded to critics by saying she didn’t make the comment due to her infamously sour relationship with Donald Trump, but instead to raise awareness about autism.

Scientific American describes the condition here:

Autism is a severe disorder that first appears in infancy. Individuals with autism are characterized by problems with language, social bonding and imagination. All suffer from serious communication deficits, and some are mute. They do not establish close relationships with others, preferring to remain in their own mental worlds.

The video shows clips edited together of Barron appearing to engage in certain, specific behaviors and uses these cherry-picked clips as “proof” that he has autism. According to celebrity gossip publication TMZ, Barron’s mother Melania Trump has threatened to sue the maker of the video unless it is removed from YouTube.

Originally published: 28 November 2016



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