Melania Trump on Tuesday followed through on her blissfully ironic pledge to tackle cyberbullying as first lady, employing the hashtag #StopChildhoodBullying in a message that thanked Chelsea Clinton for sticking up for her son, Barron Trump.
“Thank you @ChelseaClinton,” Melania Trump tweeted. “So important to support all of our children in being themselves! #StopChildhoodBullying.”
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) August 23, 2017
Trump was referring to Clinton’s tweet Monday night, where the former first daughter defended Barron Trump after a writer for the conservative website The Daily Caller insisted it’s “high time” the president’s youngest son “starts dressing like he’s in the White House.”
“It’s high time the media & everyone leave Barron Trump alone & let him have the private childhood he deserves,” Clinton tweeted in response to the article, before calling out a user who the Associated Press reports “criticized Barron’s entire family in unpublishable terms.”
Dear Matty-Barron is A KID. No child should be talked about in the below manner-in real life or online. And for an adult to do so? For shame https://t.co/p9jkGbMG4C
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) August 22, 2017
The White House on Wednesday joined the bipartisan rallying cry to “leave Barron alone” after the Caller published it’s “mean-spirited” piece.
“As with all previous administrations, we ask that the media give Barron his privacy,” Melania Trump’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisha told the AP. “He is a minor child and deserves every opportunity to have a private childhood.”
The editorial director for the Daily Caller dismissed criticism against entertainment reporter Ford Springer on Wednesday, blaming the “fake news” for elevating Springer’s article about Barron.
“Leave it to the fake news to spin his bro-to-bro advice into some sort of ‘slam,’” Vince Coglianese told the AP “He’s is just looking out for the kid. Leave Barron alone.”
“Let’s not pretend the press is suddenly concerned about defending the Trumps,” Coglianese added.