During this afternoon’s impeachment hearings, one of the testifying lawyers made the mistake of citing the President’s youngest son Barron in an innocuous quip. “The Constitution says there can be no titles of nobility, so while the president can name his son Barron, he cannot make him a baron” explained Stanford Law professor and former NAACP Legal Defense Attorney Pamela Karlan to the assembled congressmen.
Pamela Karlan: "Contrary to what President Trump says, Article Two does not give him the power to do anything he wants."
— ABC News (@ABC) December 4, 2019
It was a mistake, but a harmless one that in no way disparaged the child as the fringe of the right did to a young Chelsea Clinton a quarter century ago, and certainly not anything as dangerous as Donald Trump calling for the execution of falsely accused teenagers before that. More two months ago, Trump overtly trolled 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg.
Desperate for any kind of talking point with which to distract the public from the damning conclusions being shared by some of our nation’s brightest legal minds, the right-wing quickly seized on the very mention of Barron Trump’s name and cried crocodile tears as they furiously tried to portray her remarks as some kind of “attack” on a poor innocent child.
Led by Melania and Donald Trump Jr., the faux outrage quickly picked up speed on Twitter as the right-wing media machine kicked into high gear.
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
Remember only children of Liberals (even the 50 year old children) are off limits. That a 13 year old is fair game for partisan hacks on a national platform shows you all you need to know about the new left and who is now running the ship. https://t.co/DQZNh4hLTf
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) December 4, 2019
Pamela Karan has an evil and angry heart.
Her hate doesn’t stop at the President, it also includes his 13-year-old son, Barron.
She’s trying to destroy Trump, not based on fact, but on her own shallow emotion.
— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) December 4, 2019
Democrats are so desperate that one of their biased witnesses is now attacking the President’s 13-year-old son.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) December 4, 2019
Never mind the fact that what Professor Karlan said was in no way shape or form offensive or could be considered an “attack” in any way.
The idea that the Trumps and the Republican hysteria machine cares about the well-being of children is beyond infuriating. It’s hard to put into words just how offensive it is for the family of the president who deliberately tore tens of thousands of migrant children away from their parents and incarcerated them in concentration camps to complain that saying a child’s name in a courtroom is an “attack.”
At least six innocent migrant children have died in Trump’s detention centers. Thousands more have been sexually abused and god knows how many have been seriously traumatized in the camps run by ICE’s jackbooted thugs, but please tell us more about how cruel it is to say a child’s name in public.
Just two months ago President Trump himself publicly mocked a sixteen-year-old girl, Greta Thunberg, for her climate activism. His rabid chud supporters have demonized and sent death threats to the survivors of mass shootings. Chelsea Clinton had to endure years and years of vicious abuse from right-wing commentators and media figures as a child. Right-wing propaganda websites obsess over trans toddlers and heap abuse on gay children while their politicians work overtime to strip poor children of their public schools, of their food stamps, and of their healthcare.
The idea that the Republican Party and its supporters care one bit about the sanctity of childhood is an abhorrent hypocrisy and none of their bad faith outrage should be given any kind of dignified response.
Social media immediately exploded in fury at the hypocritical Trump family’s performative tantrum:
Your husband publicly mocked a 16-year-old girl two months ago https://t.co/7stOAbqXci
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 4, 2019
Sure, right, now address the children who have been stolen from their parents and incarcerated and killed or we will all know you’re saying this in complete bad faith
— Brooke Binkowski (@brooklynmarie) December 4, 2019
1. We all know you didn’t write this tweet. 2. It’s hard to believe that you care even a smidgeon about “minor children” after thousands of them have been separated from their parents, detained, and have even died in custody.
— Shaun King (@shaunking) December 4, 2019
You should be ashamed for not caring about children, separated from their parents, dying at the border.
— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) December 4, 2019
— i bless the rains down in castamere (@Chinchillazllla) December 4, 2019
Colin Taylor is the editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.