Rosie O’Donnell and President-elect Donald Trump have a decade-long conflict. Their unusual relationship seems to have started in December 2006. After several disqualifying accusations against Miss USA Tara Conner, Trump didn’t fire her. At the time, Trump made a statement at a press conference unlike his usual “you’re fired” soundbite:

“I’ve always been a believer in second chances. Tara is a good person. Tara has tried hard. Tara is going to be given a second chance.”

Conner, at the time 21, was very appreciative and committed herself to rehab. Trump’s compassion might be related to his brother’s death, who in 1981 died due to his alcoholism.

Either way, Rosie O’Donnell expressed strong discontent the next day. O’Donnell, who joined “The View” three months prior, attacked Trump’s business integrity and efficacy. She then continued to comment on his multiple marriages. Ironically, though, both of them ended up having multiple marriages.

In 2011 and 2012, O’Donnell and Trump had ups-and-downs. Comments ranged from marriage attacks to good wishes post-surgery. The conflicts continued most famously into the presidential election. Most recently, O’Donnell shared a video via Twitter explaining why she believed Barron Trump, 10, might be autistic. In the Tweet she added:

“If so — what an amazing opportunity to bring attention to the AUTISM epidemic.”


Many have reacted with great disappointment and called the Tweet inappropriate. Producer Dave Erickson among others have implied that if the Trumps have as much of a responsibility to spread autism awareness, then perhaps O’Donnell has a responsibility to spread obesity awareness. Perhaps she’ll follow Stephen Hawkings‘ example in that field. Regarding suspicion that O’Donnell’s Tweet stemming from her dissidence with Donald, she clarified that they “had nothing to do with donald (sic).”

O’Donnell replied in a poem calling the video on her Tweet “educational and informational.” She excused her behavior explaining she was “immersed” in studying autism. Dakota, her daughter was diagnosed with High Functioning Autism. In O’Donnell defense, according to her instigating Tweet, she only wanted to raise awareness to autism as an epidemic. However, sources of her discussing Dakota’s autism before her clarification are scarce if at all existent.


Lesson learned? In her defense, Rosie finally apologized to Melania Trump via Twitter saying she never meant any harm, but not a word from Donald. Will Rosie start advancing mental health before Donald chimes in?