President Trump has been in office for seven days now, and he’s already been commended (and criticized) for what he’s accomplished in the first week of his administration.
His inauguration ceremony, which was held on January 20th, went smoothly, as did the events that followed. But after a day full of press, inaugural balls, the transfer of power, and taking the Oath of Office, Trump undoubtedly shifted from the sitting president to his role as a husband and dad.
As the father to five children, Trump’s personal life is almost as busy as his role in government— both of which are thankless and perpetual. However, almost every man who’s served as the President of the United States has balanced being a family man, as well as the Commander-in-Chief.
But when a father’s presidency negatively affects his family, the priority of being a public figure — which sometimes serve as a punching bag for the masses — is naturally cast aside.
The children of political and public figures have been off limits to the media for decades. It’s the unspoken rule that every reporter, journalist, and writer follows, save for one SNL writer.
During the inaugural celebrations, Katie Rich tweeted a senseless and inappropriate “prediction” about Trump’s 10-year-old son:
Thankfully, people rushed to call Rich out on the tweet. Not only was it deleted and apologized for, but NBC indefinitely suspended her until they can further assess the situation.
But this wasn’t the first time Barron’s been scrutinized in the public eye. On November 21, 2016, Rosie O’Donnell retweeted a video to her 900,000 followers that suggested Barron was on the autism spectrum.
Although there’s no shame in being autistic, it was clearly a hurtful and thoughtless remark no parent would want their child subjected to. There’s also the fact that grown adults hurling insults at a child is a reality that most Americans, regardless of political affiliation, aren’t comfortable with.
O’Donnell was slammed for the tweet, and Melania’s legal team was able to identify the user behind the suggestive video and issue its removal.
While Melania has been protecting her son from the media’s wrath since her husband won the primaries, the White House quickly released a statement regarding the mention of Barron:
“It is a longstanding tradition that the children of Presidents are afforded the opportunity to grow up outside of the political spotlight. The White House fully expects this tradition to continue.”
However, Trump has remained, for the most part, quiet about the scrutiny his family’s been under. That is, until now.
In an interview with Sean Hannity Thursday afternoon, Trump was asked how he felt about the public treatment to 10-year-old Barron, whom Hannity described as a “wonderful, smart, charming kid.” The president, clearly trying to remain civil and not pounce on the chance to defend his youngest son, said only this:
“I don’t mind some humor but it’s terrible. For them to attack, for NBC to attack my 10-year-old son…it’s a disgrace. He’s a great boy. And it’s not an easy thing for him. Believe me.”
Although he didn’t delve any further, it’s not hard to read between the president’s lines.
It’s known that the upcoming generation is entirely savvy when it comes to technology. And for a young boy to be constantly ridiculed by the media online… of course Barron sees most of what’s written about him.
According to The Sun, Melania refers to her son — who is already fluent in Slovenian — as ‘Little Donald,’ because he behaves just like his father:
“He is a very strong-minded, very special, smart boy. He is independent and opinionated and knows exactly what he wants. Sometimes I call him little Donald. He is a mixture of us in looks, but his personality is why I call him ‘Little Donald.'”
So while Trump tries to remain dignified about pressing issues facing this country, and continue to place focus on moving America forward, something needed to be said to those ridiculing Barron.
And there’s nothing more American than a father protecting his son.