This is out of left field! First off, Rosie APOLOGIZED to Melania. Then she made her account private. Should she have done that? Or should she have taken the backlash?
Rosie O’Donnell apologized to Melania Trump on Thursday for flooding social media with comments about the former model’s son possibly having autism.
The former View host tweeted out a video back on November 21 that suggested 10-year-old Barron was autistic, writing: ‘Barron Trump autistic? If so – what an amazing opportunity to bring attention to the AUTISM epidemic.’
Soon after the video, which made a case for Barron having autism by pointing out his behavior was consistent with the condition, began to spread.
To make that point, footage taken mainly from Donald Trump’s election victory speech, was used and showed him yawning, inexpressive and clapping in a way that Rosie agreed was indicative of his autism.
As thousands pointed out to O’Donnell, the ten-year-old Barron had been forced to stay up until 3am that particular evening and his behavior was, in fact, more in keeping with a tired schoolboy rather than an autistic one.
After learning of the video Melania shot off a legal letter that name-checked O’Donnell, who responded soon after with her social media apology.
‘I apologize to @MELANIATRUMP – i was insensitive in my RT – i am sorry for the pain i caused – it was not my intent – i am truly sorry,’ wrote O’Donnell on Twitter.
She then set her account to private almost immediately after posting the message.
O’Donnell was widely criticized on Twitter almost as soon as she posted the YouTube video, but despite the negative response from all sides continued to defend her actions.
In a tweet posted the day after she shared the video, O’Donnell said: ‘I didn’t make the video, I watched it, and I found it compelling.
‘Not my movie clip. Lots of us, who raise autistic children, notice things many would miss. Somethings felt familiar.’
She added the hashtag ‘NoshameAUTISM’.