Chelsea Clinton has spoken out to defend Barron Trump, Donald Trump’s youngest son, after he was bullied online.
The ten-year-old has been the victim of cruel memes online ever since the election result, but instances of the mocking posts appeared to increase as he stood by his father during the inauguration.
Barron Trump has had his facial expressions and posture scrutinised, with critics accusing the young boy of looking bored and not loving his father.
One Saturday Night Live writer even tweeted: “Barron will be this country’s first homeschool shooter”.
Ms Clinton wrote: “Barron Trump deserves the chance every child does-to be a kid. Standing up for every kid also means opposing POTUS policies that hurt kids.”
Many agreed with her defense of the child.
Anitha Bachireddy wrote: “Thank you, Chelsea. Exactly what a woman who grew up in the White House should say.
“You are the finest product of an American Presidential legacy. I am your age and grew up with you and thought you were just like me and people should leave you alone.
“As a future Child and Adolescent psychiatrist, I can say with confidence -Hillary and Bill’s finest job is you.”
Jones Chess agreed, writing: ”
Chelsea Clinton spent most of her childhood in the White House, and underwent years of public bullying from critics.
Paula Qureshi said: “Amy Carter, Chelsea Clinton, the Bush twins and the Obama girls were all subjected to cruelty.
“That is why ALL parents need to be respectful regardless of their politics and also consider the policies that they implement that are impacting someone’s child.”
The backlash was started by a controversial tweet by Saturday Night Live writer Katie Rich who wrote: “Barron will be this country’s first homeschool shooter”.
Many asked her to delete the tweet because it was “rude” and “disrespectful”.
Sam Janney wrote: “Kids are off limits…and the internet is forever. Shameful @katiemaryrich”.
Julie Bowen who acts in Modern Family shared a series of pictures of Barron Trump, appearing to single out and mock him.
Many called her out for it, saying she was a “pathetic celebrity” and a “jerk”.