First lady Melania Trump thanked Chelsea Clinton for defending her son Barron against online criticism Tuesday, reinforcing her commitment to stop bullying, if not a sense of irony.
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) August 23, 2017
Clinton called on the media to “leave Barron Trump alone” after conservative news site The Daily Caller published an article slamming the president’s 11-year-old son for wearing a t-shirt and khakis during a recent return to the White House, saying “the least he could do is start dressing the part when he steps out in public.”
It’s high time the media & everyone leave Barron Trump alone & let him have the private childhood he deserves https://t.co/Wxq51TvgDX
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) August 21, 2017
Clinton later added that “no kid” deserved that kind of treatment, in response to a presumably-critical tweet (it’s since been deleted).
Dear Matty-Barron is A KID. No child should be talked about in the below manner-in real life or online. And for an adult to do so? For shame https://t.co/p9jkGbMG4C
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) August 22, 2017
Clinton was praised for her “classy” behaviour in the tweet’s responses, especially in light of “the things Trump says about your family,” noted one.
Calling out a child over his sense of style is low, no matter who his parents are or how they behave (while Melania Trump was thanking Clinton, the president was railing against the “weak, weak people” that allowed Confederate statues to be removed, in a public defense of his responses to Charlottesville).
Barron didn’t choose to be in the spotlight, much less at an age when most kids are already painfully self-conscious. The last thing he needs is a critique of his outfit while returning to a home that’s already rife with scrutiny.