A former first daughter just came to the defense of one of the current first children, and it's not the first time she's done so. Chelsea Clinton's tweet about Barron Trump on Monday evening showed that her feelings on how presidential children should be treated hasn't budged a bit: they should be left out of political satire and commentary, as she's always maintained. Specifically, Clinton responded to a tweet by journalist Jonathan Chait on Monday night that suggested Barron might become POTUS' new Chief of Staff. Clinton didn't find it so funny.
Chait tweeted, "My darkhorse chief of staff pick: Barron Trump 1. Looks like Trump 2. Will not make Trump work 3. Cannot be tried as an adult."
Clinton replied to Chait with a stern reprimand, writing, "Please leave Barron Trump out of 'jokes' & analyses. He’s a kid and private citizen and deserves to be left alone. Thank you."
Chait quickly responded, "This is not a joke about Barron Trump. It is a joke about Donald Trump."
The conflict appears to have ended there. But Clinton's defense of Barron is not a one-time affair. She has risen to his defense multiple times in the past, always reminding the world that Barron is a child, and has had no say in any of the events that have taken place in his father's administration.
Last February, when comedian Zack Bornstein joked in a since-deleted tweet that a 12-year-old Preston Sharp had been "recast" as Barron at the State of the Union, Clinton clapped back at him immediately. She wrote, "Whatever our politics, I hope we can agree to both leave 11-year old private citizen Barron Trump alone and celebrate 12-year old Preston Sharp for his work to honor the graves of every military veteran.”
Six months prior to that, Clinton defended Barron from another satirical comment made by the Daily Caller's Ford Springer in August. Springer wrote, "The youngest Trump doesn't have any responsibilities as the president's son, but the least he could do is dress the part when he steps out in public."
Clinton tweeted a link to the Daily Caller article and wrote, "It's high time the media & everyone leave Barron Trump alone & let him have the private childhood he deserves."
Clinton's consistency in defending Barron can be traced as far back to the beginning of Trump's presidency. On Jan. 22, 2017, following Trump's inauguration and the subsequent online bullying of Barron, Clinton tweeted, "Barron Trump deserves the chance every child does-to be a kid. Standing up for every kid also means opposing
@POTUS policies that hurt kids."
Though the Clintons and the Trumps don't often connect on shared beliefs, many members of the Trump family have publicly thanked Chelsea for her defense of Barron. In August 2017, Melania Trump tweeted, "Thank you
@ChelseaClinton - so important to support all of our children in being themselves! #StopChildhoodBullying"
And in February following the State of the Union, Donald Trump Jr. took to Twitter to thank Clinton for calling out Bornstein. He tweeted, "On this we agree. Thank you."