We have no doubt that Rosie O'Donnell is going through a rough period these days.
Think you're upset that Donald Trump has been elected President of the United States?
Imagine being O'Donnell, who has feuded endlessly with the real estate mogul and who has often been on the receiving end of his gender-shaming and fat-shaming insults.
It can't be fun.
But that's no excuse for the random and inappropriate rant Rosie went last week.
Via Twitter, O’Donnell shared a seven-minute video that was comprised clips from the Presidential debates, the Republican National Convention and Trump’s acceptance speech.
These pieces of footage featured 10-year old Barron exhibiting behaviors that the video noted might be signs of autism.
“Barron Trump Autistic?” Rosie wrote along with the video. “If so - what an amazing opportunity to bring attention to the AUTISM epidemic."
We suppose that would be true, if Barron Trump actually had autism.
But there's no proof that he does and no real reason to believe that he does.... and it certainly isn't O'Donnell's place to wildly wonder in public about such things.
In response to the backlash she understandably received over this video and its affiliated question, O'Donnell wrote a poem.
No, really, that's how she often rolls. She wrote a poem.
It was shared on her website this past Saturday and it revealed that her three-and-a-half year old daughter, Dakota, was diagnosed with high functioning autism in September.
As a result, Rosie has immersed herself in literature to try to learn more about the condition.
This is what the poem said:
as we try to grab onto / anything to keep us standing / the knowledge we r not alone / there r others living this too. when i saw the anti bullying video / that mentioned barron / it spoke to the symptoms many ASD kids have / it was educational and informational.
O’Donnell went on to emphasize that she had responded to the speculation because she believed that if it were true that Barron suffered from the condition, it “would help so much with the autism epidemic," adding:
1 in 55 kids is an epidemic / donald and i agree on that / and not much else. i feel he is a clear and present danger / but this autism subject — / had nothing to do with donald / though i admit / he does trigger me in all ways.
He triggers a lot of people in all ways.
But no one else is accusing his son of having a disease. Sheesh, Rosie.
In conclusion, the former View panelists said that she has “no ill will for his children” and that, if anything, her anger remains directed toward President-Elect Trump, who she made a point of calling a “madman who thinks OUR country is his."
You may agree or disagree with that statement certainly.
But as long as Rosie's focus is on Donald and not on Barron, O'Donnell won't get in much more trouble.