NEWSFLASH: I don’t care that Ivanka Trump wears clothing from her own line to government functions. I don’t care that Malia Obama was reportedly observed smoking at Lollapalooza. I found Chelsea Clinton’s tweet this morning that included Hooters and The Church of Satan an admirable attempt at self-deprecating humor. Even if you don’t agree with me, criticisms of these
choices made by the adult children of the current and former Presidents are confined to their own behavior.
While it is unfortunate that these ladies deal with an increased level of scrutiny because of their current or former position as First Kids, even they do not need to be subjected to abusive commentary that is based on their parent’s behavior. It is perfectly natural for them to both love and support their parents even if you disagree with their parent’s policies and politics. In fact, I would argue it’s desirable that high profile families are supportive of one another, even if they disagree privately about some things.
Not so long ago, criticizing the young children of a sitting President was resignation worthy. However, it seems our current political
climate is toxic enough that even actual children are not off limits.
Keep in mind, to this point 11-year-old Barron Trump has had to deal with the following:
- Criticism for being sleepy and inattentive at his father’s victory speech on election night, at 3AM
- A YouTube video indicating he was autistic promoted by Rosie O’Donnell
- The tasteless beheading video by perpetual victim Kathy Griffin and the questioning or mocking of his reaction
- Being mocked for wearing a t-shirt that said, “The Expert”
- Regular commentary on his father’s “racism” and “hatred” of immigrants, knowing full well his mom is an immigrant
The only time since the election I can find Barron being likened to a regular kid his age was when he was caught on camera playing with a fidget spinner. Now to make a political point, a sitting member of the House of Representatives questions his relationship with his dad and apparently his father’s affection for the entire family.
It was this easy to find pictures of Barron and his dad golfing. There are actually articles written about it as late as summer of 2016. It’s this easy to find pictures of Barron and his dad along with other family members from the time he was a baby. Maybe you don’t see Barron golfing with his dad now because it would raise security concerns? We all remember that baseball practice in Virginia, right?
Or maybe Barron just doesn’t like it so much anymore. I would have rather plucked my eyelashes out one by one than go golfing with my dad at his age. I love my dad. I loathe the game of golf.
Yes, Trump golfs a lot. Yes, Obama golfed a lot. As with the wardrobe choices and smoking above, I don’t care. I was critical of when Obama went golfing at specific times, such as during the riots in Ferguson and after his comments on the beheading of James Foley. Optics matter and I would be Trump critical in similar circumstances.
Why Representative Cohen felt the need to place Barron in the middle of his commentary on the hypocrisy of criticizing Presidential golf schedules I will never know. I don’t recall anyone uttering President Obama’s time on the golf course was indicative of a poor relationship with his daughters. But if they had, they may have had to resign.
Do us all a favor and be more mindful. Confine your criticism of the partisan or policy maker you take issue with to their behavior and leave the kids alone. It says volumes about our current political culture that this even needs to be said. Again.