Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton came to the defense of Barron Trump on Sunday after he was subjected to taunts from internet bullies, though her statement quickly turned political.
Ten-year-old Barron was subject to a series of cruel taunts after Friday’s inauguration including one from an Saturday Night Live writer who said he will turn into a ‘homeschool shooter’.
Chelsea called for the public to lay off of Barron, while simultaneously encouraging her followers to oppose policies from Barron’s father President Donald Trump that she claims will be harmful to children.
In a Facebook post on Sunday, she said: ‘Barron Trump deserves the chance every child does – to be a kid.
‘Standing up for every kid also means opposing POTUS policies that hurt kids.’
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The former First Daughter called for the public to lay off of Barron, while simultaneously stating that his father needs to proceed with the well-being of children nationwide in mind
President Donald Trump salutes as he and Barron Trump watch the Inaugural Parade from the main reviewing stand in front of the White House on Friday
Chelsea poses with Hillary, then the First Lady, left, during the introduction of President Bill Clinton before his State of the Union address in 1996, and right, with President Clinton in 1998
Her post sparked an immediate response with some users calling her ‘hypocritical’ – to defend Trump’s son while also denouncing his administration’s policies.
Robin Harrison Merrick wrote: ‘I personally find her message convoluted… as a child of a president she of all people should not make a statement about the Trump boy’s childhood while making a point about opposing his fathers policies… the two things are unrelated and should be kept separate…IMHO.’
Gina Wareham commented: ‘This seems very half-hearted to me. Are you standing up for this child, or are you using it as an opportunity to make a political point?’
Others took to Twitter. Twitter user @danu728 tweeted: ‘@ChelseaClinton @POTUS Should have let the comment about Barron stand on its own & tweeted separately about his father. No props due to you.’
Mick Russom wrote: ‘ @ChelseaClinton @POTUS Witch! You pretend to care for Barron and in the same tweet use him as a prop to attack DT?’
Chelsea Clinton has come to the defense of the youngest Trump, Barron, as many criticized him for his apparent lack of engagement
But many supported Clinton’s decision to speak out.
In response to the Facebook post Tawana John Fischer wrote: ‘Chelsea, thank you for being classy like your mama, HRC. I love that you are advocating for all children.
‘We know that the public doesn’t always remember the children of the public figures as deserving of privacy. We all remember the haters who went after you, the Bush twins and the Obama girls.
‘Do not let us repeat the cycle. Call the POTUS out on all his lies and bad policies but leave the child alone…..only Baron I am speaking about here.
‘The adult children are already swimming in the cr*p and are fair game for criticism just like the father.’
Cynthia Medina commented: ‘Why can’t people just thank Chelsea for standing up for Barron and all children of our country without bringing in her mom, dad, Bernie, Trump and other unrelated things into this conversation.
‘Jeez its embarrassing. This message is about standing up for our children no matter what party you belong to. Thank you Chelsea Clinton for your grace and for setting an example.’
Many celebrities and members of the media have come under fire for statements made about Barron, 10, over the last year
Rosie O’Donnell was criticized for sharing a Youtube video that insinuated Barron, 10, may be on the autism spectrum
Twitter user @KSkinner221 wrote: ‘Classy of @ChelseaClinton to be a voice for Barron Trump. We should all defend children regardless of their parental political affiliation.
Chelsea spent her teenage years in the White House while her father Bill Clinton presided from 1993 to 2001.
She was just 12 years old when her father was inaugurated – a month away from turning 13.
Having experienced much of the criticism that comes from being in the spotlight during that time, she could certainly understand the difficulty of being a First Child.
One incident that Chelsea has spoken about is a time when Rush Limbaugh compared her to a dog when she was just 13 years old.
‘Socks is the White House cat. But did you know there is also a White House dog?’ he had said, before showing an image of the young Chelsea. Limbaugh later apologized for his comment.
Barron gives a thumbs up as he views the 58th Presidential Inauguration parade with his father on Friday
Barron watches as his father formally signs his cabinet nominations into law in the President’s Room of the Senate on Capitol Hill on Friday
Chelsea spent most of her childhood in the White House while her father Bill Clinton presided from 1993 to 2001
Having experienced much of the criticism that comes from being in the spotlight during that time, she could certainly understand the difficulty of being a First Child
Chelsea, seen here encouraging her father’s second term as president, has received backlash for her ‘hypocritical’ statement
‘I’m grateful I don’t remember the exact phrasing,’ Clinton said during an event in 2012. ‘Thankfully I had grown up in public life and knew that having thick skin was a survival skill.’
‘I do also believe if you have the right type of enemies you’re doing something correct,’ she added.
In an incident the previous year, Saturday Night Live came under fire in the after a Wayne’s World Sketch poked fun at a 12-year-old Chelsea.
In the December 1992 sketch, characters Wayne and Garth – portrayed by Mike Myers and Dana Carvey, respectively – commented on Chelsea’s appearance a month after her father, Bill, had been elected president.
Wayne said that ‘adolescence has been thus far unkind’ to Chelsea. Garth, however, noted that ‘she could turn into a babe in waiting’.
Hillary Clinton was publicly critical of the jokes and the skit was ultimately edited out of repeats and syndication airings of the episode.
Myers wrote an apology letter to the White House, while SNL executive producer Lorne Michaels released a public statement about the sketch.
‘We felt, upon reflection, that if it was in any way hurtful, it wasn’t worth it,’ Michaels said. ‘She’s a kid, a kid who didn’t choose to be in public life.’
Many celebrities and members of the media have come under fire for statements made about Barron, 10, over the last year.
Last year Rosie O’Donnell was criticized for sharing a Youtube video that insinuated Barron, 10, may be on the autism spectrum.
Saturday Night Live writer Katie Rich received strong backlash on social media for her tweet on Friday regarding the youngest First Son after Trump’s inauguration.
Just after noon on Friday, Rich wrote: ‘Barron will be this country’s first homeschool shooter’.
Critics slammed the writer for her ‘tasteless’ joke and called her ‘sick’ and ‘disgusting’ for targeting Trump’s youngest child.
Sam Janney, tweeting under the username @PolitiBunny, wrote: ‘Kids are off limits…and the internet is forever. Shameful @katiemaryrich’
Dennis ONeill wrote: ‘@latiemaryrich what’s your problem. Do you get off picking on little kids? No wonder SNL is garbage these days. You work for them.’
Some Twitter users demanded that she apologize, while several others called for NBC to terminate her contract.
Rich deleted the tweet hours later and set her account to protected, even though that seemed to anger some social medias even more as they continued to berate her online.
Modern Family actor Julie Bowen posted a series of lighthearted posts expressing her dismay for the new president on her Instagram on Friday.
She shared several screenshots of Barron during the inauguration – and faced a similar barrage of commenters who slammed her for singling out the boy.
Trump supporters expressed their anger at Bowen, calling her a ‘pathetic celebrity’ and a ‘jerk’.
HOW BULLIES TARGETED BARRON
Saturday Night Live writer Katie Rich received strong backlash on social media for her tweet on Friday regarding the youngest First Son.
She said: ‘Barron Trump will be this country’s first homeschool shooter.’
Rich has since deleted the tweet and made her account private.
Saturday Night Live writer Katie Rich received strong backlash on social media for her tweet on Friday regarding the youngest First Son
Rosie O’Donnell, a long-time critic of Trump, was also criticized on Twitter in November for sharing a Youtube video that suggested Barron was autistic.
The video speculated that he may have the disorder because of erratic movements he was making during one of his father’s campaign speeches, characteristic of children with autism. It also suggested that his lack of awareness while on television pointed to an autistic spectrum disorder.
Modern Family actress Julie Bowen was among celebrities to come under fire for posting insensitive photos about Barron
O’Donnell shared the video, and said: ‘Barron Trump autistic? if so – what an amazing opportunity to bring attention to the AUTISM epidemic’
O’Donnell, whose own daughter has been diagnosed with High Functioning Autism, published a statement on her website explaining her actions.
She claimed that the tweet was meant will no ill intention, and that she had nothing against Trump’s children.
Modern Family actress Julie Bowen was among celebrities to come under fire for posting insensitive photos about Barron.
Throughout the inauguration on Friday, Bowen posted a series of close-up Instagram photos of Barron’s reactions – or lack thereof.
One caption said, posted with a photo of the First Son looking concerned with his hands on his head.
The caption said: ‘Barron, a majority voters share your horror #barronforpresident’
Many of her followers inundated her comments claiming she was bullying the ten-year-old.
Bowen posted one photo of Barron looking stressed, saying ‘a voting majority shares your horror’
In another she said she ‘couldn’t blaim’ Barron for being on his Gameboy
She then objected to CNN for cutting Barron out of the live stream