Rosie O’Donnell recently shared a Tweet suggesting that Donald Trump’s 10-year old son Barron Trump may be autistic. Despite her seemingly logical rationale the comedian actress received a lot of backlash saying that she is simply spreading false rumors.
O’Donnell’s Tweet also shared a video which showed supposed evidence of Barron Trump’s condition. The video, which can be seen below, gives possible explanations for the president-elect’s seemingly erratic behavior.
“His hands are moving erratically and aren’t touching each other,” read the text over footage of Barron Trump. “Then he was spotted making strange movements in his seat, typical in children with autism.”
The video then prompted Rosie O’Donnell to share a Tweet, saying that Barron’s supposed condition could be an opportunity to spread awareness about autism.
“Barron Trump Autistic?” said O’Donnell in her Tweet. “If so — what an amazing opportunity to bring attention to the AUTISM epidemic.”
Rosie O’Donnell Tweet about Barron Trump gets backlash
The Tweet did not sit favorably with a lot of people, though. Some have claimed that what she did was “cruel,” “foul” and shameful and was blamed for sharing the video.
Below are some of the Tweets attacking O’Donnell.
— ROSIE (@Rosie) November 22, 2016
— Deplorable ن Dez (@process_x) November 24, 2016
In response, Rosie has also disclosed that she herself is the parent of an autistic child, sharing her experiences in her blog.
“Here is how it went down –my 3.5 yr old daughter Dakota was diagnosed in September with HFA – high functioning autism,” opened her post. “I have been immersed in that world/reality since learning – reading – asking questions it’s all autism – all the time for the newly diagnosed.”
She has also responded to the criticism for calling autism an “epidemic” defending herself by saying that she and Trump share the same sentiment.
“1 in 55 kids is an epidemic,” added O’Donnell in her post. “Donald and I agree on that and not much else.”
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