With President Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday came the commander in chief’s family in the spotlight again.
Four grown children. One young son. Eight even younger grandchildren.
The four older children — Donald Jr., Eric, Ivanka and Tiffany — were familiar faces on the presidential campaign trail. However, Barron, just 10 years old, rarely surfaced. He appeared over the weekend as his father took the oath of office and signed formal nominations for cabinet picks.
With Barron’s appearance came pot shots about him. According to published reports, a writer for NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” took to Twitter to declare, “Barron will be this country’s first home-school shooter.” The Tweet has since disappeared, along with the writer’s Twitter account.
Cue “Modern Family” actress Julie Bowen, whose Instagram photos from the inauguration alleged Barron was “on his Gameboy” (as he look down), that “a voting majority shares your horror” (as the boy holds both hands up at his head) and “dad is boppin’ his head to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir” (as Barron rubbed his eye). Bowen used the hashtag “barronforpresident” through most of her posts, and “dadshame” in the photo pertaining to the choir.
Both instances drew backlash, and defense from a former White House child. Chelsea Clinton tweeted “Barron Trump deserves the chance every child does — to be a kid.”
Chelsea is right. When it comes to minor children in the White House, the press and others should steer clear. They are just children, and they didn’t ask to be there. They are because of their parents’ political status.
Children deserve to be children, to grow up without bullying tactics or criticism because of their parents’ doings. Looking at the presidencies of Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, all had daughters of minor age when their White House duties commenced. In the beginning, the press and even comedy sketches poked fun at the first daughters, but eventually gave them the privacy and space they needed to go to school and just be kids.
Despite disdain that lingers for President Trump, Barron deserves respect and privacy as he grows. The president might not show it, but deep down, he more than likely would appreciate that courtesy for his son.