Chelsea Clinton stuck up for Donald Trump’s son, Barron Trump, after the boy was repeatedly targeted by Internet trolls.
“Barron Trump deserves the chance every child does — to be a kid,” Clinton wrote on Facebook Sunday. “Standing up for every kid also means opposing POTUS policies that hurt kids.”
And Clinton knows a thing or two about what it means to be a kid in the White House. She was just 12 when her father Bill won his first term as president, a full two years older than Barron is now.
People have been quick to defend the youngest child of President Trump after he was the subject of some harsh online commentary.
On Friday, a writer for “Saturday Night Live” tweeted a joke that Barron would become the country’s first “homeschool shooter.” After severe backlash to the joke, it was deleted, along with the writer’s entire Twitter account.
Before that, Rosie O’Donnell came under fire when she retweeted a video suggesting that Barron was autistic. She has since apologized to his mother Melania Trump, writing, “I was insensitive in my RT – i am sorry for the pain i caused – it was not my intent – i am truly sorry (sic).”
The video itself sparked the threat of a lawsuit from Melania. The following day, the man who posted the video to YouTube, James Hunter, pulled the video from YouTube and issued an apology, calling the video “false, defamatory and malicious.”
“In the video, I suggested Barron Trump might suffer from autism. That is in fact 100 percent false,” Hunter said. “It was incredibly irresponsible of me to diagnose Barron Trump using a selection of misleading videos.”