Rosie O’Donnell came under fire last week after tweeting a video that speculated Donald Trump’s 10-year-old son Barron is autistic. O’Donnell is now explaining that the tweet came from a good place because her own daughter is autistic.
“Barron Trump Autistic?” O’Donnell, 54, tweeted along with a video that analyzes Barron’s behavior for autism. “If so — what an amazing opportunity to bring attention to the AUTISM epidemic.”
In a poem posted on her blog, O’Donnell revealed that her daughter Dakota has been diagnosed with high-functioning autism. She says her daughter’s diagnosis led to her interest in the topic and is why she tweeted about Barron.
“I have been immersed in that world/reality since learning – reading – asking questions it’s all autism – all the time for the newly diagnosed,” O’Donnell writes. “As we try to grab onto anything to keep us standing the knowledge we r not alone there r others living this too.”
“When I saw the anti-bullying video that mentioned Barron it spoke to the symptoms many ASD kids have it was educational and informational these symptoms so many do not understand – I thought – how amazing IF IF it is true,” O’Donnell continued. “If it is true – I tweeted from my heart it would help so much with the autism epidemic.”
Even though O’Donnell and Trump have been battling each other for the past decade, O’Donnell insists her tweet about Barron wasn’t meant to be an attack on the president-elect.
“This autism subject had nothing to do with Donald though I admit he does trigger me in all ways. I have no ill will for his children – or any children – and if you knew anything about me you would know that,” O’Donnell writes.
According to TMZ, Melania Trump has hired lawyer Charles J. Harder to go after the person who posted the original YouTube video. In a letter obtained by TMZ, O’Donnell’s tweet is referred to as “bullying.”
“The video allegedly seeks to ‘stop the bullying’ of Barron Trump. Not true … The video did instigate further bullying by Rosie O’Donnell and others,” the letter reads.
The soon-to-be first lady does not have intentions to sue O’Donnell but is serious about getting the owner of the video to take it down.