- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 1, 2016

Rosie O’Donnell has apologized to Melania Trump via Twitter for her role in promoting a YouTube video that speculated 10-year-old Barron Trump might have autism.

“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,” she wrote late Thursday morning, according to a screenshot obtained by Mediaite.

Ms. O’Donnell has since set her Twitter account to private. She also deleted her original Nov. 22 tweet that asked, “Barron Trump Autistic?,” which linked to the now-deleted video.

The stand-up comedian initially defended her questions, explaining that her 3-year-old daughter Dakota was recently diagnosed with high functioning autism and it’s made her keenly aware of symptoms in other children.

Her belated apology comes after Mrs. Trump’s lawyer threatened legal action against the creator of the video, James Hunter, unless he apologized and issued a retraction.

On Tuesday, Mr. Hunter deleted the video and replaced it with an apology.


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“It was incredibly irresponsible of me to diagnose Barron Trump using a selection of misleading videos,” Mr. Hunter said in the new video. “Many of the videos I used showed Barron Trump behaving like any normal kid would at 3 a.m. I falsely correlated him trying to stay awake and occasionally doing a quirky things, with him suffering from autism. This was incredibly foolish of me.

“My video was originally intended as an anti-bullying video, as I myself suffer from autism and wanted to educate people,” he said. “Unfortunately, I completely misdiagnosed a person and ended up making a video that was false, defamatory and malicious. I retract every single statement I made in that horrendous video, and want to sincerely apologize to the Trump family, especially to Melania and Barron Trump.”


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