Melania Trump has threatened to sue the person behind the YouTube video that claims Barron Trump is autistic.
TMZ reports that the soon-to-be first lady has hired famous lawyer Charles J. Harder and threatened a lawsuit over a video posted to YouTube which claims that her 10-year-old son, Barron, is autistic.
The video alleges that Barron may be autistic and uses as evidence the fact that he can be seen clapping without touching his hands. He was also filmed yawning and grimacing during his father’s victory speed on election night.
Yet Harder claims that both instances were captured late into the night, and that Barron was actually exhibiting normal behavior for a 10-year-old boy.
The video’s prominence was heightened after Rosie O’Donnell tweeted it to her followers with a caption that read: “Barron Trump Autistic? If so - what an amazing opportunity to bring attention to the AUTISM epidemic”
O’Donnell claims she was trying to debunk the claim that Barron is autistic and steer the conversation to autism in general. But Melania is reportedly furious with O’Donnell and feels that her tweet helped raised awareness for the video, not autism.
Melania is not threatening to sue O’Donnell, but she is outraged by her behavior and has called her out for "bullying" her 10-year-old son. Melania has, however, threatened to sue James Hunter, the man behind the video, should it not be taken down and replaced with an apology.
According to US Magazine, Hunter claims he was not trying to bully Barron -- in fact, just the opposite: He was trying to raise awareness for autism since he himself has the condition:
I never ever meant this as a bullying video.
As someone who was diagnosed at age 5 and has gone through bullying myself, I would NEVER do something like that. I made this because I truly believed Barron was on the spectrum, and I wanted people to stop bullying him over his 'weird' behavior and explain to them that it might actually be due to a condition. ... I have a great respect for [Melania] and her family. I never meant to hurt anyone.
Harder, however, isn’t buying it. “The video includes the hashtag ‘StopTheBullying’ but yet the video itself is bullying by making false statements and speculation about a 10-year-old boy for the purpose of harassing him and his parents," Harder says. "The online bullying of children, including Barron Trump, should end now.”
According to O’Donnell, her own daughter, Dakota, has been diagnosed as a high-functioning autistic.