Melania Trump is not backing down after Rosie O'Donnell shared a video claiming her and the President-elect's son Barron could be autistic, and now, she's calling the comedian out for being a "bully."
"The video did instigate further bullying by Rosie O’Donnell and others," Trump's attorney said in a letter to the creator of the video.
The video was uploaded to YouTube on Nov. 11 by James Hunter, Breitbart reported. The video was entitled "Is Barron Trump Autistic? #StopTheBullying," and was viewed about 4 million times before being taken down.
The clip did not go viral until Rosie O'Donnell shared the video on her Twitter account. Melania's lawyer, Charles J. Harder, sent a letter to Hunter demanding that he remove the video from YouTube, TMZ reported.
The letter also reportedly called out Rosie O'Donnell for being a bully for sharing the video. Harder said the video was a form of harassment and bullying. The footage showed Baron throughout various moments in the campaign.
“This law firm represents First Lady–elect Melania Trump and her 10-year-old son, Barron Trump," Harder told US Weekly. "A video was posted on YouTube recently speculating that Barron might be autistic. He is not."
In a statement issued to Gossip Cop, Hunter said he "never meant to hurt" the Trump family. He added that he himself is autistic and that he wanted the video to combat bully.
“I was just sending it privately to people who were bullying him to explain to them that Barron might be autistic, and that’s it isn’t okay to bully him for it, because I know what it’s like to be bullied for being autistic," Hunter told Gossip Cop. "But then Rosie O’Donnell shared it and it blew up."
But according to Melania's lawyers, the video made the bullying worse.
“The video allegedly seeks to ‘stop the bullying’ of Barron Trump. Not true,” the letter states, according to TMZ. “The video did instigate further bullying by Rosie O’Donnell and others.”
Rosie O'Donnell has since deleted the tweet, but wrote more about her decision to share the video on her website. She said she had no "ill will" towards Trump's children, and that her own 3-year-old daughter Dakota was diagnosed with high-functioning autism in September.
“IF it is true – i tweeted from my heart it would help so much with the autism epidemic [sic],” O’Donnell wrote, adding that "donald does not have the power to change the facts to re write history so speak true – stand tall... peace out as we try to save democracy from this madman who thinks OUR country is his.”
Hunter has since taken the video down, and posted another video apologizing to the Trump family. He said:
It was incredibly irresponsible of me to diagnose Barron Trump using a selection of misleading videos. My video was originally intended as an anti-bullying video, as I myself suffer from autism and wanted to educate people.
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.
I wish your family nothing but good luck, safety, and love, as you prepare to become the next First Family of the United States.