Rosie O’Donnell has defended questioning if Donald Trump’s son Barron has autism explaining her own daughter has the condition.
The comedian penned an emotional message to fans on her website overnight after sparking fury on social media earlier in the week when she shared a video which suggested the president-elect’s 10-year-old son may be on the autism spectrum.
Insisting that her post was “from the heart”, she said it had “nothing” to do with nemesis Donald Trump.
“I have no ill will for his children or any children, said O’Donnell, adding that her own daughter, three-year-old Dakota, was diagnosed with high functioning autism in September.
The furor kicked off early last week when O’Donnell shared an anti-bullying video of Trump’s son that compiled clips from the presidential debates, the Republican National Convention and Trump’s acceptance speech, showing Barron Trump reportedly exhibiting behaviors that the video noted might be signs of autism.
Reposting the video, O’Donnell wrote: “Barron Trump autistic? If so – what an amazing opportunity to bring attention to the AUTISM epidemic.”
O’Donnell posted a poem to her website explaining her Trump comments.
“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.”
O’Donnell then stressed that she had responded to the speculation because she thought that if it were true that Barron Trump suffered from the condition, it “would help so much with the autism epidemic.”
— Rosie (@Rosie) November 22, 2016
“1 in 55 kids is an epidemic / donald and I agree on that / and not much else,” she wrote. “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.”
The former View co-host added that she has “no ill will for his children” and that if anything, her anger remains directed toward president-elect Trump, whom she called a “madman who thinks OUR country is his.”
Trump and O’Donnell’s feud goes back a decade after the comedian made a joke about the billionaire’s Miss Universe pageant.
Trump has since labeled her a “fat pig”, “slob” and “total degenerate” over the years and even mentioned her during the US presidential debates.
When Hillary Clinton accused Trump of sexism during one debate, he took the opportunity to take another swipe at O’Donnell.
“This is a man who has called women pigs, slobs and dogs,” Clinton said.
“Only Rosie O’Donnell,” Trump replied.
This article was originally published on news.com.au