Rosie O’Donnell Apologizes To Melania Trump For Barron Trump “Autism” Video
Rosie O’Donnell is apologizing to Melania Trump for tweeting out a 7-minute video titled “Is Barron Trump Autistic?” that alleged the youngest son of the future First Lady and Donald Trump has autism. Along with a link to the video, O’Donnell wrote on November 21, “Barron Trump Autistic? if so – what an amazing opportunity to bring attention to the AUTISM epidemic.” But the 10-year-old boy does not have the condition, and the video has since been removed by its creator. And now O’Donnell, who has 920,000 followers on Twitter and drew a tremendous amount of attention to the inaccurate video, is sorry.
On Thursday, two days after the video was taken down by its maker James Hunter, O’Donnell tweeted, “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.” Melania Trump has not responded yet to O’Donnell’s apology.
As Gossip Cop reported, Melania Trump threatened to sue over the autism video, and shortly afterwards Hunter responded to the proposed lawsuit by exclusively telling Gossip Cop that he “never meant to hurt” the Trump family. On Tuesday, he removed the video from YouTube and instead posted another titled, “My Apology To Melania and Barron Trump.” Hunter stated, “My video was originally intended as an anti-bullying video, as I myself suffer from autism and wanted to educate people. Unfortunately, I completely misdiagnosed a person and ended up making a video that was false, defamatory and malicious… and want to sincerely apologize to the Trump family, especially to Melania and Barron Trump.”