Is Barron Trump Autistic? Some Dare to Ask Whether President Trump's Son Battles Autism
He's fidgety, socially awkward, doesn't speak or shake hands. Was he more than just tired on election night?
March 1, 2017
One day, he will be the first boy to live in the White House since JFK, Jr. He's fidgety, socially awkward, doesn't speak or shake hands, wobbles when he walks and engages in repetitive behaviors. Evidence is mounting that Barron Trump is autistic.
Barron might be bullied by other boys for his autism, which is why the new First Lady wants to focus on bullying, especially on social media, as her cause. To avoid putting him in the limelight, Melania Trump will continue to live in Trump Tower with Barron until June 2017, and appears to dedicate all of her time to him. If Barron has special needs, it explains Melania's otherwise baffling decision not to live in the White House as First Lady.
The fact that his father was 60 when he was born, is considered a marker for Autism--there is a connection between autism and paternal age. Barron's father Donald Trump has tweeted about the alleged connection between vaccines and autism. Trump argued about the alleged vaccine connection with Dr. Ben Carson. During a primary debate, he said:
"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," Trump said. "I am totally in favor of vaccines. But I want smaller doses over a longer period of time. Same exact amount, but you take this little beautiful baby, and you pump-I mean, it looks just like it's meant for a horse, not for a child, and we've had so many instances, people that work for me."
He added: "Just the other day, 2 years old, 2 and a half years old, a child, a beautiful child went to have the vaccine, and came back, and a week later got a tremendous fever, got very, very sick, now is autistic." Trump did not elaborate on whose child he was talking about.
The theory is that he was speaking of his own son, Barron. It's all over social media. Otherwise, why did Trump even bring it up at a debate?
TV personality and comedienne Rosie O'Donnell wondered on Twitter whether Donald Trump's 10-year-old son Barron Trump had autism. "If so – what an amazing opportunity to bring attention to the AUTISM epidemic," she tweeted November 22nd. Trump and O'Donnell feuded publicly during the campaign, but they used to be friends--he even attended her wedding ten year ago. O'Donnell seems like someone who might know, and her point about raising consciousness has been embraced by some parents of autism spectrum children.
Vaccines have been blamed so often, that in California, the State had to pass a law requiring kids be vaccinated, after a polio outbreak at a public school. "Anti-Vaccers" are parents who connect Autism to vaccines. No scientific evidence has ever shown this connection, despite Trump's comments.
His parents choices have thrust Barron into the public spotlight, so now the issue must be addressed by his parents. If the story is verified, it would mean that Donald Trump did not tell the public a personal fact about his son that would have engendered public sympathy for him. He put his family's privacy above political gain, which is certainly laudable. But now that there's active speculation about Barron, it's time to come forward.
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. With the May 2013 publication of the DSM-5 diagnostic manual, all autism disorders were merged into one umbrella diagnosis of ASD. Previously, they were recognized as distinct subtypes, including autistic disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder, pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) and Asperger syndrome.
ASD can be associated with intellectual disability, difficulties in motor coordination and attention and physical health issues such as sleep and gastrointestinal disturbances. Some persons with ASD excel in visual skills, music, math and art.
Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 68 American children as on the autism spectrum–a ten-fold increase in prevalence in 40 years. Careful research shows that this increase is only partly explained by improved diagnosis and awareness. Studies also show that autism is four to five times more common among boys than girls. An estimated 1 out of 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls are diagnosed with autism in the United States.
ASD affects over 3 million individuals in the U.S. and tens of millions worldwide. Moreover, government autism statistics suggest that prevalence rates have increased 10 to 17 percent annually in recent years. There is no established explanation for this continuing increase, although improved diagnosis and environmental influences are two reasons often considered.
To date, neither Donald nor Melania have addressed these claims publicly, nor has there been any proof that 10-year-old Barron Trump has a health condition of any sort.