Barron Trump, son of President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, has become the first boy to live in the White House in more than 50 years, and Twitter took notice. With reactions varying from mocking Barron’s attire to a Twitter account that posted presumably fictional anecdotes, the social media platform focused on the First Son. Some even stepped up to defend the preteen.
Becoming the First Son is accompanied by good news (Barron gets his very own bowling alley, swimming pool, and movie theater) and bad (the young boy also faces being scrutinized by the world, with every move analyzed). And at just 11-years-old, Barron is set to discover what it’s like to have the eyes of the world on him after moving into the White House with his First Lady mother, Melania Trump, noted Today.
Why has it taken so long for Barron to join his Presidential dad in the White House? It’s been about five months since Donald headed off to Washington after the presidential inauguration. But like most kids his age, school trumped everything for Barron, who was stuck with mom in New York so he could complete his school year.
While Sasha Obama and Malia Obama followed in the footsteps of recent First Daughters, Barron just became the first boy to reside at the White House in more than half a century. He follows John F. Kennedy Jr., who lived there until his father’s 1963 assassination. That took place only three days prior to the little boy’s third birthday.
When it comes to the legacy left by other children of Presidents, however, Barron can look to First Daughters for inspiration. During President Jimmy Carter’s time in office, his daughter Amy Carter enjoyed roller-skating in the White House. Caroline Kennedy cared for her pony, Macaroni, while President Gerald Ford’s daughter, Susan, had a class party in the East Room at the White House.
When it comes to life outside of the White House, however, Barron may want to avoid looking too closely at Twitter. The social media platform appears to be ignoring Chelsea Clinton’s plea. After having survived being mocked by individuals such as Rush Limbaugh and some of the Saturday Night Live cast, Chelsea rushed to defend the young Trump when social media criticized him in the wake of his dad’s inauguration.
“Barron Trump deserves the chance every child does — to be a kid.”
But Twitter couldn’t resist the temptation. When Barron’s t-shirt, proclaiming him “The Expert,” sold out, that provided new fodder to mock the 11-year-old.
“Barron Trump, Fashion Icon? Retailer Sells Out After First Son Sports Tee Shirt,” tweeted one Twitter user.
Taking it one step further, a Twitter account focusing on Barron as “the expert” appeared online, pointed out the Hollywood Reporter. The new account went wild with inventing alleged tweets from young Trump.
As for the t-shirt, sold at J. Crew, it had its identity before Barron Trump made the shirt famous.
“Whatever his skill set may be, this is the T-shirt that identifies him as the expert.”
In addition to the shirt, Twitter commented on Trump’s son holding a fidget spinner, a popular toy that’s become compared to the youngest generation’s version of the hula hoop but also sold as a stress reliever. Some focused on mocking the boy with his toy.
But amid the mocking of Barron, there were those who defended the First Son.
“To all the #FakeNews journalist picking on Barron Trump for having a Fidget Spinner…I have one of my own, any smart a*s comments on mine?” questioned one user.
“Only the truly sick attack kids,” wrote Sarah Palin.
With all the debate going on over Barron, his alleged “expert” account had a suggestion for President Trump involving a boy’s best friend.
As for what’s ahead for Barron, Trump will head off to a private middle school this autumn, according to Business Insider.
Barron had been going to Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School, situated on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with a price tag of approximately $47,000 a year. Now, however, Trump will be going to St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, Maryland.
Barron’s new school has an annual tuition of approximately $40,000. There, the First Son will attend chapel once a week, study in the two-story library, and even have the chance to express himself in the school theater, complete with a light and sound booth.
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