According to Twitter, Barron Trump is currently a trending topic on the social media platform. That’s because people are taking to Twitter to discuss the news that Barron was frightened by the photo of Kathy Griffin holding what looked like the head of a beheaded President Donald Trump. In fact, according to TMZ, Barron panicked when he saw the gory photo of Kathy on TV on Tuesday, and Barron at first thought his dad had been harmed. Barron reportedly screamed for First Lady Melania Trump, calling out, “Mommy, Mommy!”
The publication quoted a source that told them that as an 11-year-old boy, Barron didn’t recognize Griffin as a comedian who might have been trying to come across as humorous.
“He’s 11. He doesn’t know who Kathy Griffin is and the head she was holding resembled his dad.”
President Trump echoed the sentiment, with his @realDonaldTrump Twitter account posting a tweet that said Barron was having a hard time with Griffin’s graphic image and video depiction of Trump’s head.
“Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself. My children, especially my 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!”
As a result, some people are taking to Twitter to claim that President Trump was passing along “fake news” about Barron in a bid for sympathy. Others are defending Barron against verbal attacks.
People Defend Barron On Twitter
Although certain people claim that 11-year-old Barron is being used like a chess pawn in a political maneuver designed to gain sympathy for President Trump and to divert the public’s attention away from more controversial matters, there’s a big segment of the social media platform defending Barron as a child.
Others on Twitter are quipping that if Barron and President Trump lived in the same household, Barron might have immediately known that his dad wasn’t hurt when he saw the horrible image of what looked like his father’s severed head. And then there are those on Twitter who refuse to believe that Barron saw the image at all, but those folks are quickly being dismissed by those who are writing that since the image and video of Kathy holding a severed head that resembled President Trump went viral on Tuesday, it is very believable that Barron could have seen the image and been frightened by what he saw.
The thought of Barron potentially witnessing a threatening image related to his dad has brought Twitter tweets about the things Sasha and Malia Obama had to endure when their dad, former President Barack Obama, became the first African-American president of the U.S., and found a wave of threatening images to deal with in the wake of that accomplishment.
Images of Mr. Obama being hanged in effigy and mock-lynched are being posted on Twitter, along with thoughts about how his daughters must have felt as children in the White House around Barron’s age, having to deal with thoughts of harm being inflicted on their parent. Comments about Barron being published on Twitter can be seen in the sampling below.
“Poor Barron Trump no child should have to see their parent mock killed. It’s unfortunate that Sasha and Malia had to for 8 years though.”
“I feel bad for Barron Trump, not because he saw a fake severed head but because his dad is using him to score political points.
“ADULTS are attacking Barron Trump. A CHILD. Let that sink in.”
“Barron Trump is being used by his Dictator dad for fake news so he can brain wash more people.”
“Democrats who disbelieve the Barron Trump story insist it’s impossible that a preteen saw the most shared image in the world yesterday.”
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