Barron Trump, who is now 13, has been in the news in recent weeks after his mother, First Lady Melania Trump, criticized the perceived politicization of her son in the ongoing impeachment process against the president.
Earlier in December, Melania Trump strongly rebuked law professor Pamela Karlan for mentioning Barron during an impeachment hearing. Karlan said: “The president can name his son Barron, he can’t make him a baron.” Karlan later apologized, saying: “I want to apologize for what I said earlier about the president’s son. It was wrong of me to do that.”
However, the first lady said Karlan should be “ashamed of your very angry and obviously biased public pandering, and using a child to do it.”
“A minor child deserves privacy and should be kept out of politics,” said Melania Trump in a tweet on December 4.
But the first lady was herself accused of hypocrisy last week for not speaking out against her husband’s attack on Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old climate change activist who was named Time magazine’s person of the year.
The president called the decision “ridiculous” and said Thunberg should “work on her anger management,” prompting social media users to ask why Melania Trump did not defend her as she had her son.
In addition to her staunch opposition of her teen son being politicized, the first lady is also behind a cyberbullying campaign aimed at children called Be Best.
In a statement last Friday, following criticism over her silence, Melania Trump’s press secretary Stephanie Grisham issued a statement appearing to suggest that her husband’s criticism of Thunberg was valid.
Grisham said that Barron Trump “is not an activist who travels the globe giving speeches,” referring to the difference between him and Thunberg. “He is a 13-year-old who wants and deserves privacy.”
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