Rosie O’Donnell is remaining unapologetic after she speculated on Twitter last week that President-elect Donald Trump’s 10-year-old son Barron might be autistic.
The comedian faced a wave of backlash on social media after she tweeted a video that speculated Barron appeared to show signs of having the developmental disorder.
“Barron Trump Autistic? if so - what an amazing opportunity to bring attention to the AUTISM epidemic,” she tweeted Tuesday to her 917,000 followers.
Ms. O’Donnell spent the next three days defending the tweet, and on Saturday, she shared a poem explaining why she was so interested in the youngest Trump. She wrote that her 3-year-old daughter Dakota was recently diagnosed with high functioning autism (HFA).
“I have been immersed in that world/ reality since learning – reading – asking questions,” she wrote. “It’s all autism – all the time for the newly diagnosed as we try to grab onto anything to keep us standing/ the knowledge we r not alone/ there r others living this too.”
She said the video about Barron was “educational and informational.”
“These symptoms so many do not understand – i thought – how amazing IF/ IF it is true,” she continued. “IF it is true – i tweeted from my heart/ it would help so much with the autism epidemic.”
Ms. O’Donnell, who has notoriously feuded with Mr. Trump for years, said she agrees with the president-elect on one issue: autism is an epidemic.
“This autism subject – had nothing to do with Donald though i admit he does trigger me in all ways,” she wrote. “I have no ill will for his children – or any children – and if u knew anything about me – u would know that.”
Responding to the backlash, Ms. O’Donnell wrote, “What can i say/ humans we try r very best and fail often.”
She ended her poem with an attack against Mr. Trump, slamming the president-elect as a “madman” who “who thinks OUR country is his” and threatens democracy.
It isn’t the first time Ms. O’Donnell stepped into hot water with the autism community. Earlier this year, she joked during a standup performance in New York City that she’d gladly trade her unruly teenagers for “autistic triplets.” She later apologized.
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