First lady Melania Trump thanked former first daughter Chelsea Clinton in a late-night tweet on Tuesday for defending her and President Donald Trump’s son, Barron, from online bullying, the chief issue the first lady said she would address during her husband’s presidency.
“Thank you @ChelseaClinton – so important to support all of our children in being themselves!” gyMelania wrote on Twitter.
The 11-year-old Barron had been criticized by The Daily Caller, a conservative website, the for “not dressing the part” due to a T-shirt he was seen wearing in news photos of the first family returning from vacation. The article drew widespread condemnation, and Clinton, who knows a thing or two about the glare from the spotlight first children are invariably raised in, chastised the site. In a pair of posts on Twitter, she wrote, “It’s high time the media & everyone leave Barron Trump alone & let him have the private childhood he deserves,” and, “No child should be talked about in the below manner-in real life or online. And for an adult to do so? For shame.” Clinton has often been critical of Trump in tweets since his presidency began.
The first lady’s response to Chelsea Clinton was posted as her husband was in the middle of a raucous and unbridled speech delivered at a rally in Phoenix. Earlier in the day, the White House had renewed its request for the media to respect the first son’s privacy. In the late stage of the 2016 presidential race, Melania declared that cyberbullying would be the chief cause she would take up should her husband win the election. Some criticized the “hypocrisy” of her statement at the time given her husband’s use of Twitter as a weapon against foes. Since the inauguration, Melania has yet to establish any further position on cyberbullying, but reportedly has become a quiet force inside the Trump White House lately.
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