It turns out that Melania Trump and Chelsea Clinton have something in common — they both think an 11-year-old’s clothing choices are off limits to the media.
Dear Matty-Barron is A KID. No child should be talked about in the below manner-in real life or online. And for an adult to do so? For shame https://t.co/p9jkGbMG4C
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) August 22, 2017
It’s high time the media & everyone leave Barron Trump alone & let him have the private childhood he deserves https://t.co/Wxq51TvgDX
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) August 21, 2017
On Tuesday evening, the first lady responded with a tweet that expressed her appreciation for Clinton’s defense of her son. Melania has made stopping cyberbullying one of her top causes as first lady.
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) August 23, 2017
Barron is semi-frequently photographed walking across the White House’s South Lawn with his family as they return from trips around the country. He’s usually seen in a shirt from J. Crew’s kid’s line, and he has even been pictured with a fidget spinner and a backpack.
The op-ed that started it all, titled “It’s High Time Barron Trump Starts Dressing Like He’s In the White House,” took issue with that. It reads: “His dad is always looking dapper and his mom has become a worldwide fashion icon since becoming first lady. The youngest Trump doesn’t have any responsibilities as the president’s son, but the least he could do is dress the part when he steps out in public.”
Many have defended Barron in the controversy that followed, saying that he’s just a kid being a kid.
As for Melania, some have criticized the first lady for wearing expensive designer clothing. In May, she was photographed in Italy wearing a $51,000 Gucci coat, which Business Insider noted cost more than most Americans make in a year.