Actress Rosie O’Donnell is facing a major backlash this week after she shared a video on Twitter speculating that President-elect Donald Trump’s youngest son, Barron, might suffer from autism.
The 54-year-old TV personality, who formerly co-hosted The View, has been involved in a number of public incidents with Trump over the years.
Her decade-long, on-again-off-again feud with the president-elect was brought to the forefront of American politics in August of 2015, when Fox News host Megyn Kelly mentioned O’Donnell during the first Republican Primary debate.
As Trump ascended to the top of the Republican Party — shattering expectations to eventually become the President-elect of the United States — the liberal comedian has remained one of his most ardent opponents on Twitter.
But a tweet posted Monday about Trump’s 10-year-old son has even vocal Trump critics disavowing O’Donnell.
“Barron Trump Autistic?” she posted, along with a link to seven-minute YouTube video that speculates the youngster might suffer from the neurodevelopmental disorder.
— Rosie (@Rosie) November 22, 2016
“[I]f so, what an amazing opportunity to bring attention to the AUTISM epidemic,” she wrote.
O’Donnell’s suggestion that Barron could suffer from autism was not well received online.
— Brittany B (@thistimeifound1) November 22, 2016
@Rosie unqualified trump is. i would never support him in a million yrs and he said horrible things about you, but this is not the way to+
— ur local angel (@000becky000) November 24, 2016
Trump was right again .Someone tell Megyn Kelly right away.Rosie O`donnell really is a “Fat disgusting Pig” to go after a 10 yr old child.
— Doug Lewis (@umpire43) November 23, 2016
Influential conservative commentator Mike Cernovich described the tweet as an example of the “trash” being spewed online against conservatives, whose children are not safe from attacks from the left.
Former Fox News host Greta Van Susteren also chimed in, when she wrote, “REMINDER TO THE MEDIA (and anyone else): leave Barron Trump alone…he is OFF LIMITS. He is just a kid,” on her Facebook page.
In an attempt to quell the anger drawn by her suggestion that Barron Trump has autism, O’Donnell later took to her Twitter page to say that she did not create the video.
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