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.Barron TrumpFather DayFLOTUSFood NetworkJohn HensonMelania TrumpPamela KarlanPolitical FashionPresident TrumpStephanie Grisham
JOSEPH W MORGAN SRJune 25, 2020
Something as neutral (even though there are many styles) as food can be POLITICISED BY ASSHOLES. This is a good example of a idiotic host that can not keep his (or her) inappropriate dumb remarks where they do not belong. Food network will destroy itself if they can not keep politics out of the kitchen.
kotocJune 25, 2020
You BET that he regrets tweeting that! He was probably informed immediately by someone who saw what an asshole Henson made of himself, and that he should make amends right away. That was hitting below the belt, and in VERY bad form. Henson should be deeply ashamed of his own asinine behavior.
Beth E. HeilmanJune 25, 2020
So called “intelligent” people don’t put their ‘mind’ in gear, before putting their ‘mouth’ in action and the results, are never being able to “erase” the hurt that’s been caused!
RodJune 25, 2020
He’s just another short-order-cook trying to make a name for himself….. a nobody.
LisaJune 25, 2020
John Henson is an idiot, this was at the expense of Barron. Food Network should fire this guy if this is all this loser has to do on Fathers Day. I know I won’t be watching them anymore if they don’t, this is unacceptable.