October 6, 2022

Melania and Don Jr. spark outrage after throwing a fit over mere mention of Barron in hearing

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During this afternoon’s impeachment hearings, one of the testifying lawyers made the mistake of citing the President’s youngest son Barron in an innocuous quip. “The Constitution says there can be no titles of nobility, so while the president can name his son Barron, he cannot make him a baron” explained Stanford Law professor and former NAACP Legal Defense Attorney Pamela Karlan to the assembled congressmen.


It was a mistake, but a harmless one that in no way disparaged the child as the fringe of the right did to a young Chelsea Clinton a quarter century ago, and certainly not anything as dangerous as Donald Trump calling for the execution of falsely accused teenagers before that. More two months ago, Trump overtly trolled 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg.

Desperate for any kind of talking point with which to distract the public from the damning conclusions being shared by some of our nation’s brightest legal minds, the right-wing quickly seized on the very mention of Barron Trump’s name and cried crocodile tears as they furiously tried to portray her remarks as some kind of “attack” on a poor innocent child.

Led by Melania and Donald Trump Jr., the faux outrage quickly picked up speed on Twitter as the right-wing media machine kicked into high gear.

Add your name to tell Congress to investigate Pence for his role in Trump’s Ukraine corruption. The VP is complicit!

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Never mind the fact that what Professor Karlan said was in no way shape or form offensive or could be considered an “attack” in any way.

The idea that the Trumps and the Republican hysteria machine cares about the well-being of children is beyond infuriating. It’s hard to put into words just how offensive it is for the family of the president who deliberately tore tens of thousands of migrant children away from their parents and incarcerated them in concentration camps to complain that saying a child’s name in a courtroom is an “attack.”

At least six innocent migrant children have died in Trump’s detention centers. Thousands more have been sexually abused and god knows how many have been seriously traumatized in the camps run by ICE’s jackbooted thugs, but please tell us more about how cruel it is to say a child’s name in public.

Just two months ago President Trump himself publicly mocked a sixteen-year-old girl, Greta Thunberg, for her climate activism. His rabid chud supporters have demonized and sent death threats to the survivors of mass shootings. Chelsea Clinton had to endure years and years of vicious abuse from right-wing commentators and media figures as a child. Right-wing propaganda websites obsess over trans toddlers and heap abuse on gay children while their politicians work overtime to strip poor children of their public schools, of their food stamps, and of their healthcare.

The idea that the Republican Party and its supporters care one bit about the sanctity of childhood is an abhorrent hypocrisy and none of their bad faith outrage should be given any kind of dignified response.

Social media immediately exploded in fury at the hypocritical Trump family’s performative tantrum:

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Colin Taylor

Managing Editor

Colin Taylor is the managing editor of the Washington Press. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice, equality, and universal health care in America.

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