Last weekend, the world watched hundreds of thousands of people march to protest to policies of President Trump, whose election was hailed by others as a great day for America. We are clearly a nation divided. Still, there’s one thing we all agree on: Leave the kids out of our political mud fights.
This one seems like a no-brainer. But the inauguration of President Trump prompted some commentators to go after his son, 10-year-old Barron Trump, on social media. Various posts about the young Trump son surfaced late Friday that mocked the boy’s facial expressions and demeanor at the Inauguration. Most notable was a tweet from Saturday Night Live writer Katie Rich, who tweeted what was intended to be a joke about Barron and school shootings.
The attacks on Barron prompted a swift and furious backlash. One of the most poignant responses came from Chelsea Clinton.
No stranger to media attention, the former first daughter stated simply in her own tweet and Facebook post that, “Barron Trump deserves the chance every child does-to be a kid.” Clinton’s tweet went on to add, “Standing up for every kid also means opposing POTUS policies that hurt kids.”
And Clinton knows from experience how difficult growing up in the public eye. During her father’s two terms in the White House, both parents pleaded with the press to keep their distance from Chelsea, who was 12-years old when her father took office.
The children of Presidents should have the opportunity to grow up outside the political spotlight – to be kids. After all, they aren’t the ones who decided to run for office.