Opponents of the Trump administration were furious after the president advised 16-year-old climate activist and Time’s “Person of the Year” recipient Greta Thunberg to “chill” and “work on her anger management problem.” Now, after First Lady Melania Trump has declined to rebuke her husband’s remarks, critics have focused their criticism on her.
So ridiculous. Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill! https://t.co/M8ZtS8okzE
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2019
The first lady’s critics believe she is guilty of hypocrisy. They argue that, in light of her advocacy for Barron Trump’s privacy after his name was invoked during House Democrats’ impeachment hearings by Stanford law professor Pamela Karlan, and given her “BeBest” anti-bullying platform, Melania ought to defend Thunberg from attacks–particularly those from her husband.
Katie Rogers of the New York Times typified this point of view by beginning her article: “Melania Trump, who last year promoted anti-cyberbulling tips as part of her child-focused kindness campaign called ‘BeBest,’ sidestepped any comment Friday on President Trump’s recent decision to mock Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old climate activist, on Twitter.”
As reported in the Daily Mail, the White House sought to curtail this sort of criticism via administration spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham, who said: “BeBest is the First Lady’s initiative, and she will continue to use it to do all she can to help children. It is no secret that the President and First Lady often communicate differently — as most married couples do. Their son is not an activist who travels the globe giving speeches. He is a 13-year-old who wants and deserves privacy.”
CNN’s Brooke Baldwin remained unpersuaded by Grisham’s statements, and indignantly criticized the White House and first lady for their response. “So, she seems to be saying that, if you’re a minor who stands up for what she believes is right, that’s fair game to be personally attacked.” Baldwin finished her rebuke by doubting the sincerity of Melania Trump’s anti-bullying campaign. “‘BeBest,’ I guess… But only sometimes,” she mocked.
Should President Trump win re-election, Barron Trump will end up spending the majority of his teen years in the White House. As partisan attacks rage on in DC, one can’t help but wonder if the president’s son will continue to be dragged into the political fray.
Written by Red Blue Divide editorial staff