It’s generally accepted within the Resistance that a child like Barron Trump should never be invoked in political discourse except when necessary. His name did come up in passing today in House impeachment hearings, and we can debate whether that should have happened. But what’s not up for debate is that Melania Trump responded in completely absurd fashion.
One of the legal experts testifying before the House impeachment inquiry today tried to punctuate Donald Trump’s attempt at acting like a dictator by pointing out that he even went so far as to name his son “Barron,” as if Trump wanted to be a Baron. Was this fair game or what it gratuitous? You can decide. Here’s what Melania Trump decided to tweet about it: “A minor child deserves privacy and should be kept out of politics. Pamela Karlan, you should be ashamed of your very angry and obviously biased public pandering, and using a child to do it.”
In general, no one is going to begrudge a mother’s earnest attempt at protecting her child. But this tweet doesn’t read like it was earnest or legitimate. Instead it reads like it was written by a political adviser. In fact Melania’s tweet is trying just as hard to politicize and weaponize Barron as what she’s alleging today’s witness did. But for Melania, it’s far uglier than that.
This comes even as Melania Trump stands there and publicly says nothing about the fact that her husband has been kidnapping immigrant children and locking them in cages, and in some instances murdering these children through depraved and intentional mistreatment. Melania also said nothing when her husband recently attacked sixteen year old climate activist Greta Thunberg. Her tweet today stands out as exceedingly disingenuous.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report