Why Chelsea Clinton is speaking out about Barron Trump

Why Chelsea Clinton is speaking out about Barron Trump

10/01/2020

Chelsea Clinton may not be the biggest fan of President Donald Trump, but she’s sticking up for his youngest son, Barron Trump. As a former first kid herself, Clinton knows a thing or two about being scrutinized by the media and the public, and it’s part of why she’s so against that sort of behavior — especially when it comes to children.

“For me, maybe because I’ve had so much vitriol flung at me for as long as I can literally remember, people saying awful things to me even as a child, I’ve never found it productive, personally, to engage in that way,” she told The Guardian in 2018. “To retaliate with crass language or insult someone personally – I just don’t think I’m built that way.”

In a recent interview on the podcast Jemele Hill is Unbothered, Clinton revealed that she feels quite “protective” of other first kids. “Like I very much kind of felt protective of the Bush twins who were just a little bit younger than me and certainly very protective of Sasha and Malia [Obama],” she said (via Newsweek). “Because I wanted them to have as normal a life as possible.”

Chelsea Clinton is 'very protective' of Barron Trump

Clinton thinks that presidential kids, like Barron, should be left to live their lives and shouldn’t have their every move tracked by the public. “I feel very protective of him too,” she said. “Like I think he was, I think it was 11 when his dad won and that’s a year younger than I was like when my dad, um, went and took office. Like he’s a kid, he’s a kid like leave him alone. Like who knows what he’s going to be like when he grows up, like that’s none of our business.”

She added that she doesn’t think it’s fair when people “comment on the clothing choices” of first kids.

“I’m like, don’t objectify this kid,” she said. “I think he just turned 14. He’s like that. He’s like a teenager, like leave him alone. Like I will like, you know, have a whole lot of sympathy for any, any critiques, criticism, pain, anger you want to hurl at his parents. Um, leave them alone.”

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