More often than not, Barron Trump’s protective parents have kept him out of the spotlight. However, since his dad became president, the first family has always been in the public eye and Barron has grown up before our eyes. It is no secret that the White House rule limits media coverage on the president’s children until they become legal adults. Moreover, except the child is publicly spotted with his parents, pictures are also usually off-limits. Despite these rules and the stigma surrounding autism, there have been public queries as to whether Barron Trump is autistic or not. These facts about the US first son should help clarify any further speculations.
Barron Trump is the only child born to Melania and Donald Trump. The US first son was welcomed into the world on March 20, 2006, making him Trump’s fifth offspring and youngest son. Barron is a unique presidential child in many ways. For more than three decades, its been a tradition for every president’s child to attend Sidwell Friends. But Barron who is a keen soccer player has made history as the first presidential child to attend St. Andrew’s in Potomac, Maryland. It is unclear why the first family chose that particular private school for their son. But Barron’s mom, Melania, seems to be very comfortable with the decision and has hailed the school for its commitment to academic excellence and diverse community.
Barron is Melania’s only child and the First Lady doesn’t hesitate to share the joy of having him with the public. The former model describes motherhood as the most important role she’s ever had. In fact, both mother and son lived together in New York City for months before finally moving to Washington, D.C, in June 2017, halfway through the president’s first year in office.
Is Barron Trump Really Autistic?
As a first son, Barron’s every move and behavior are covered and scrutinized by experts and the media. Trump’s youngest son who has a lanky tall frame has been speculated to be a special needs child in some media circles. Specifically, he is rumored to have autism following his ‘unusual’ lifestyle over the years such as being socially awkward, fidgety, wobbly walks, not speaking or shaking hands, and engaging in repetitive behaviors.
Again, given the fact that there is a correlation between autism and paternal age, the autism claim continues to mount for Barron who was born when his father was 60 years old. Interestingly, President Trump was once known as a vaccine sceptic and also raised eyebrows when he allegedly linked vaccines and autism.
Moreover, Melania Trump’s decision to avoid putting her son in the limelight, including the delay in moving with Barron from the Trump Tower to the White House, may just be another pointer that she has a special needs child. While some think Barron is a normal boy whose behavior is being overanalyzed like a lab experiment, others think differently.
The rumors were further heightened when an autistic man named James Hunter made a YouTube video which speculated that Barron is on the autism spectrum. Hunter said he wanted to explain to people that Barron Trump’s weird behavior might actually be due to a condition, and urged people to stop bullying him. Although Hunter claimed the viral video was made from a place of empathy, his ‘good intentions’ quickly spun out of control on social media.
Hunter later publicly apologized and took down the video after Melania Trump threatened legal action against him for bullying. Interestingly, it is believed that Barron might be bullied for his autism by other boys which made the First Lady choose to focus on social media bullying as her cause.
Regardless of what anyone thinks, it is very unsettling for people to speculate whether a person, more so a child is autistic. If Barron Trump is truly a special needs child, it should be his or the Trumps’ prerogative to decide when that information should be made public.
Where Is Barron Trump Now?
Since JFK’s time, other presidents have had grown-up sons who lived outside of the White House. But the case is different for young Barron Trump as he’s mostly stayed out of the political spotlight. However, when he made a rare public appearance at the 2018 annual White House Egg Roll, he was seen hanging back with his parents as a spectator while his younger nephews and nieces made the most of the event. It came as no surprise that some folks also linked the first son’s action at the Egg Roll to the autism speculations. But without overanalyzing his behavior, Barron might just be the regular lad whose father’s actions constantly embarrasses him.
It is more common to spot Barron traveling, boarding or alighting Air Force One with the President and First Lady. While the first son’s official height hasn’t been publicly disclosed, recent photos show he’s towering above his 5’11” former model mom and his 6’3″ tall dad. Though still focused on his academics, Barron seems to have developed his own style and a keen interest in fashion, just like his mom, Melania.