Rosie O’Donnell Responds to Backlash Over Suggesting Barron Trump Might Be Autistic

Rosie O’Donnell said she has “no ill will” toward President-elect Donald Trump’s children after the comedian shared a video that suggested that his youngest son, Barron, might be autistic.

In a poem posted on her website on Saturday, O’Donnell explained that she had become “immersed” in researching the condition after her 3-year-old daughter, Dakota, was diagnosed with high-functioning autism in September.

“as we try to grab onto / anything to keep us standing / the knowledge we r not alone / there r others living this too,” she wrote. “when i saw the anti bullying video / that mentioned barron / it spoke to the symptoms many ASD kids have / it was educational and informational.”

She added that if the news were true, it “would help so much with the autism epidemic.” “i feel he is a clear and present danger / but this autism subject — / had nothing to do with donald / though i admit / he does trigger me in all ways,” she wrote.

The controversy started this past Monday, when O’Donnell shared a seven-minute video compiling clips from the Republican National Convention, the presidential debates, and Trump’s acceptance speech that suggested 10-year-old Barron might be showing signs of autism. Critics bashed O’Donnell for placing an unnecessary spotlight on the youngest of the president-elect’s children.

https://twitter.com/Rosie/status/800939338615824384

O’Donnell and Trump have a long, tumultuous history of feuds, and O’Donnell has previously written a poem about another member of the Trump clan: His daughter, Ivanka. In October, O’Donnell wrote that Ivanka Trump was “absurdly nice” when the two met in a chance run-in.

More Biz

  • Ajit Pai net neutrality

    Hundreds of Musicians -- From R.E.M. to Turnip King -- Sign Statement Defending Net Neutrality

    Rosie O’Donnell said she has “no ill will” toward President-elect Donald Trump’s children after the comedian shared a video that suggested that his youngest son, Barron, might be autistic. In a poem posted on her website on Saturday, O’Donnell explained that she had become “immersed” in researching the condition after her 3-year-old daughter, Dakota, was diagnosed […]

  • Rescue dogs

    Film Publicists Organize New York City Fundraiser for Rescue Dogs

    Rosie O’Donnell said she has “no ill will” toward President-elect Donald Trump’s children after the comedian shared a video that suggested that his youngest son, Barron, might be autistic. In a poem posted on her website on Saturday, O’Donnell explained that she had become “immersed” in researching the condition after her 3-year-old daughter, Dakota, was diagnosed […]

  • pandora

    Pandora Names Aimée Lapic Chief Marketing Officer

    Rosie O’Donnell said she has “no ill will” toward President-elect Donald Trump’s children after the comedian shared a video that suggested that his youngest son, Barron, might be autistic. In a poem posted on her website on Saturday, O’Donnell explained that she had become “immersed” in researching the condition after her 3-year-old daughter, Dakota, was diagnosed […]

  • NFL players suspension

    NFL Network Suspends On-Air Analysts Amid Sexual Harassment Probe

    Rosie O’Donnell said she has “no ill will” toward President-elect Donald Trump’s children after the comedian shared a video that suggested that his youngest son, Barron, might be autistic. In a poem posted on her website on Saturday, O’Donnell explained that she had become “immersed” in researching the condition after her 3-year-old daughter, Dakota, was diagnosed […]

  • Get Hard

    Writer Claims 'Get Hard' Ripped Off His 'Prison 101' Idea

    Rosie O’Donnell said she has “no ill will” toward President-elect Donald Trump’s children after the comedian shared a video that suggested that his youngest son, Barron, might be autistic. In a poem posted on her website on Saturday, O’Donnell explained that she had become “immersed” in researching the condition after her 3-year-old daughter, Dakota, was diagnosed […]

  • Tax Plan Strikes Fear Among Below

    Hollywood's Below-the-Line Workers Anxious About New Tax Plans

    Rosie O’Donnell said she has “no ill will” toward President-elect Donald Trump’s children after the comedian shared a video that suggested that his youngest son, Barron, might be autistic. In a poem posted on her website on Saturday, O’Donnell explained that she had become “immersed” in researching the condition after her 3-year-old daughter, Dakota, was diagnosed […]

  • Rupert Murdoch Bob Iger Disney Fox

    Disney Nearing Finish Line With 21st Century Fox as Comcast Bows Out of Acquisition Hunt

    Rosie O’Donnell said she has “no ill will” toward President-elect Donald Trump’s children after the comedian shared a video that suggested that his youngest son, Barron, might be autistic. In a poem posted on her website on Saturday, O’Donnell explained that she had become “immersed” in researching the condition after her 3-year-old daughter, Dakota, was diagnosed […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content