Melania Trump is not going to be your average First Lady. She’s an immigrant, she speaks five languages, she’s a beauty queen, and she’s taken more negativity this campaign cycle than most prospective First Ladies do in a lifetime.
But she is also determined to make a difference—and she is determined to do things her way.
As a mom of a kid Barron Trump’s age, I fully understand why Melania isn’t moving her son to the White House. He has school friends and it will be a wrench for the kid to leave them. I also know that Donald Trump is doing the best for his family. Barron is only 10 and deserves a shot at a normal life.
Up until this cycle, Rosie O’ Donnell probably held the moral high ground in her feud with Donald Trump. I have never been a fan, but Rosie blocked me on Twitter this week after I called her out for bullying Barron Trump.
What kind of a disgusting savage says things like this about a 10-year-old child?
O’Donnell came under a flood of criticism and tried to pretend that her tweet had come from a “place of caring,” which others rejected at once.
— Rosie (@Rosie) November 22, 2016
The trouble O’Donnell has here is that what she risibly calls “care n concern” is actually vile trolling of Barron Trump, and, like Rosie’s tweet, is passively-aggressively mocking Barron while trying to pretend concern.
On Twitter, we call what Rosie did “concern trolling.” I might “concern troll” O’Donnell like this: “Oh, Rosie, I feel for you! You must be suffering from depression over your OBESITY! All that FAT-SHAMING has gotten to you! I understand why you’d lose it over a beautiful woman’s son, but try to get a grip on your mental health even if you can’t get a grip on your waistline!”
I did, in fact, applaud the strategy of another tweeter on O’Donnell’s trolling:
— Dave Erickson (@ericksonvision) November 23, 2016
But Rosie herself was not amused. She replied:
donald trump is obese dave – not 236 lbs he claimed on dr oz – and go fuck urself
The difference, however, among Rosie, Donald and Barron Trump is that the two adults are public figures and the third is a 10-yea- old boy.
What is utterly shocking, however, is the video that O’Donnell shared with her millions of followers. The video that Melania Trump is suing over included pictures of a young Barron grimacing with boredom during his father’s long, long speech at the Republican convention and mocking him with lines like “Kid! Wake the f*ck up!” and “Get your head on you blinky little bastard you! Get your f*cking head on straight!”
It is frankly disgusting that Rosie O’Donnell would promote that level of bullying of a child. Moms from right and left called her out on the video:
@Rosie You actually love?You put out a malicious video about a boy, knowing full well that he will be laughed at and crucified by classmates
— Kathleen Williams (@Kathlee96615840) November 28, 2016
@Rosie As a parent to a child with Autism, I would be outraged if someone posted a video of my daughter as an example for the world to see.
— WOW Philippines Trav (@wowpta) November 28, 2016
— kk (@flashblak) November 28, 2016
Many have suggested that Melania not only sue for removal of the video—Google and YouTube should have already taken down; what is Eric Schmidt thinking letting it stay up?—but also sue Rosie for spreading these vile insults to her child.
I think not. I think Melania should just make another speech and rise above the dirt that is Rosie O’Donnell’s bullying. I also believe that it would be principled to make O’Donnell, herself, the focus of the public health campaign she called for, starring a child. Because without this example, Barron Trump is likely to be used as a football.
O’Donnell appears to have an obsession with Trump’s kids and perhaps has a crush on Barron’s half-sister Ivanka. She needs to get a grip. On October 3rd Rosie wrote a cringeworthy “poem” about how gorgeous Ivanka is, having sat opposite her in a restaurant:
“that is the most beautiful woman i have ever seen”
i say aloud to dana
she turns to look – turns back at me
i was captivated by her beauty
it blinded me so
i didn’t realize it was even her
he is young baron – and truly angelic – beautiful like ivanka – new york city has some amazing AUTISM services w/inclusion – @TokyoRosa
— Rosie (@Rosie) November 22, 2016
It seems that Rosie has learned nothing, but Melania Trump is already shining not only as future First Lady but as the new First Mom. And everybody who previously—like me—thought Donald Trump was giving Rosie a hard time is now rethinking their opposition.
Rosie might be less inclined to bully children if she lost weight and addressed her own, real and voluntary, obesity condition rather than a mental health condition she just imagines a 10-year-old child of her personal enemy may have. Some photos below to draw attention to that OBESITY epidemic—I am sure Rosie’s down with that.