There has been speculation since Donald Trump was elected that the only son he has with Melania Trump falls on the autism spectrum,
Recently journalist Samuel Alioto of the Santa Monica Observer described Barron Trump, 13, as ”fidgety” and “socially awkward.” Alioto went on to write that He also observed that Barron refuses to shake hands or to speak. he went on to state that those were all obvious signs that Melania’s son is maybe autistic.
Over the years several different studies have shown that children born to older children are more likely to fall on the autism spectrum. Donald Trump was 60 when his youngest son was born.
Trump has on several occasions in the past shared his thoughts about a connection between autism and vaccines. rumors ran rampant that Trump was referring to Barron.
“Autism has become an epidemic. Twenty-five years ago, 35 years ago, you look at the statistics, not even close. It has gotten totally out of control. I am totally in favor of vaccines. But I want smaller doses over a longer period of time,” Trump said.
On Twitter, actress, and comedian Rossie O’Donnell wondered if Barron was autistic. She stated that the teenager’s ditteragnosis could bring attention to the autism epidemic.
When Melania read O’Donnell’s controversial tweet, she accused O’Donnell of bullying her then 10-year-old son. She even went as far as threatening to sue O’Donnell.
Before a lawsuit could be brought O’Donnell, who had deleted the tweet shortly after posting it, apologized to Melania, Donald and Barron Trump. O’Donnell added that her observations came after her own daughter was diagnosed with autism.
“I apologize to Melania Trump – I was insensitive in my RT – I am sorry for the pain I caused – it was not my intent – I am truly sorry,” O’Donnell tweeted.
Neither Melania or Donald Trump has confirmed or denied whether Barron falls on the autism spectrum. Melania wants to keep Barron out of the spotlight, but if Barron did fall on the autism spectrum he could play an important role in bringing much-needed attention to the issue, which the CDC says affects 1 out of every 59 children.