Melania Trump is taking some heat after a recent tweet in which she dramatically declared, “A minor child deserves privacy and should be kept out of politics.” She was referring to Stanford law professor and impeachment witness Pamela Karlan’s statement about Trump being able to “name his son Barron, he can’t make him a baron.”
Of course, Melania decided to take this as an attack on the sanctity of children—her child—while conveniently forgetting that, actually, during her husband’s presidency children were very much not kept out of politics.
A minor child deserves privacy and should be kept out of politics. Pamela Karlan, you should be ashamed of your very angry and obviously biased public pandering, and using a child to do it.— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) December 4, 2019
The outrage was halved across the Internet with other members of the GOP hopping on the ‘shame on you, Karlan,’ train, despite the fact that they know all-too-well that her comments had literally nothing to do with Barron Trump himself. She did actually end up apologizing.
Pamela Karlan just apologized for mentioning Barron Trump, president's youngest son, when making a point about Trump acting like a king.— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) December 4, 2019
Karlan said, "It was wrong of me to do that...I do regret having said that."
She noted that she is happy to apologize but Trump doesn't.
The thing is, if you’re going to talk about respecting children, you need to be aware of the kind of administration you’re involved, and the kind of man you’re married to.
Melania Trump, who spearheads the grammatically-incorrect public awareness campaign, ‘BeBest‘—a nod toward Michelle Obama’s grammatically correct, ‘Be Better’ and an attempt to promote wellbeing for kids—was seen as nothing short of a hypocritical in her Twitter tantrum, considering, well…
guys it's ok to cage kids and it's ok to take healthcare away from kids and it's ok to saddle kids with school lunch debt but don't speak the name of the president's trophy wife's anchor-baby son out loud or the entire wingnut outrage-industrial complex will shit a fucking brick— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) December 5, 2019
Shocked that all the tough guys who attacked a little girl for speaking out about climate change and threatened school shooting survivors for promoting gun control are outraged at someone for pointing out that Barron and baron are pronounced the same.— The Volatile Mermaid (@OhNoSheTwitnt) December 5, 2019
Barron Trump is off limits but Greta Thunberg is not? https://t.co/Wz7cnGbtOM— Edward Hardy (@EdwardTHardy) December 5, 2019
Plenty of other Twitter users were also quick to point out the hypocrisy:
1. We all know you didn’t write this tweet. 2. It’s hard to believe that you care even a smidgeon about “minor children” after thousands of them have been separated from their parents, detained, and have even died in custody.— Shaun King (@shaunking) December 4, 2019
This whole Barron Trump thing is a distraction. Don’t fall for it.— Ryan Knight 🏳️🌈🗽 (@ProudResister) December 4, 2019
Professor Karlan already apologized, yet Melania is tweeting about it to try to garner sympathy & distract us.
Nothing should distract us from the fact that Barron’s father is a CROOK who needs to be impeached.
Calling minor Trayvon Martin a “thug” is a lie and an insult.— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) December 5, 2019
Calling minor Greta Thunberg a “freak” is a lie and an insult.
Calling minor Chelsea Clinton a “dog” is a lie and an insult.
Saying minor Barron isn’t a baron is a fucking factual statement.
Fuck your fake outrage.
Blocking everyone who's claiming the Barron comment was somehow wrong. Everyone. Be warned.— Joan Walsh (@joanwalsh) December 4, 2019
Trump called for the death penalty for the Central Park Five.— Steve Marmel (@Marmel) December 5, 2019
Here are the ages of three innocent kids:
Steve Lopez, 14,
Kevin Richardson, 14,
Raymond Santana, 14.
Bringing Barron up was ill-conceived.
But NO Trump gets to be indignant here.https://t.co/vXgW98S3mD
In the end, we shouldn’t pay more attention to this drama — whipped up by Trump clan in an attempt to distract us from the fact that Trump has behaved like a sociopathic criminal for the past three years (and since well before that). How else do you describe a man who cages children?