First lady Melania Trump blasted a Food Network host for making “inappropriate and insensitive” tweet on Father’s Day after he questioned whether President Trump is the father of her son.
“Sadly we continue to see inappropriate and insensitive comments about the President’s son [Barron Trump],” the First Lady responded through her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham in a statement. “As with every other Administration, a minor child should be off-limits and allowed to grow up with no judgment or hate from strangers and the media.”
On Sunday, John Henson, host of “Halloween Baking Championship” on the Food Network posted a sick tweet that is now deleted, implying on Father’s Day that the president is not the father of Barron.
“I hope Barron gets to spend today with whoever his dad is,” Henson tweeted.
After a series of backlash, Henson attempted to walk back on his comment by pathetically lying in saying that the failed “joke was aimed at Trump and the mere mention of Barron’s name doesn’t mean it’s at his expense.”
Shortly after Melania released a statement, Henson tweeted an apology on Wednesday, but didn’t directly name Barron or the First Lady in his apology response.
“It was a mistake to mention a minor,” he tweeted. “I apologize and will use better judgment in the future.”
Underage children of any president are customarily off limits from public scrutiny, especially from the media, entertainers, and politicians. It’s an unspoken rule in American politics, but this rule is hardly ever enforced when it comes to President Trump’s children, especially his youngest son.
Melania has previously stated in numerous interviews as First Lady that she wanted to keep Barron out of the public spotlight in order to give him a normal life as possible. Barron has been the subject of cruel and hideous online attacks the moment his father was elected the 45th President three and a half years ago.
Despite Barron being constantly assailed, Melania has rushed to her son’s defense publicly on several occasions. Back in December, the First Lady scolds Stanford law professor Pamela Karlan after she invoked Barron as the butt of a joke during the House Judiciary impeachment hearings.
“The Constitution says there can be no titles of nobility, so while the president can name his son Barron, he can’t make him a baron,” Karlan said.
The remarks from Karlan provoked Melania to hit back directly on social media.
“A minor child deserves privacy and should be kept out of politics,” Melania tweeted. “Pamela Karlan, you should be ashamed of your very angry and obviously biased public pandering, and using a child to do 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.— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) December 4, 2019
After being slammed personally by the First Lady, Karlan apologized for her remarks hours later, saying she “regrets having said that” at the hearing.