- The Washington Times - Monday, January 23, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Remember not too long ago when a GOP aide had to resign because she posted on her Facebook page a disparaging remark about then-President Barack Obama’s daughters and their dresses?

“Dear Sasha and Malia, I get you’re both in those awful teen years, but you’re a part of the First Family, try showing a little class,” Elizabeth Lauten wrote in 2014. “Rise to the occasion. Act like being in the White House matters to you. Dress like you deserve respect, not a spot at a bar.”

Ms. Lauten’s post went viral and there was a media circus around the comments.

“Nothing classy about Elizabeth Lauten’s criticism of the Obama girls,” a Washington Post headline read.

Forbes’ headline: “The art of online apologies and why Elizabeth Lauten failed miserably at hers.”

Time Magazine published an article: “Elizabeth Lauten still doesn’t seem to get how she dehumanized young black girls on Facebook.”


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So yes, after the media frenzy, Ms. Lauten, who was a communications director for a GOP legislator, was forced to resign.

So where I ask is the media outrage over the cruel, viral comments made about 10-year-old Barron Trump?

As his father was getting sworn into office, “Saturday Night Live” writer Katie Rich tweeted: “Barron will be this country’s first homeschool shooter.”

After coming under fire from other Twitter users, Ms. Rich deleted her offensive tweet and closed her account — and yet, as far as we know, she’s still employed by NBC. No apology was even issued.

Ms. Rich made her comments on the heels of Rosie O’Donnell, who in November accused Barron of being autistic, based on pure speculation.

But Ms. Rich wasn’t the only one trying to be “funny” on Twitter by disparaging Barron.

A self-described comedian said Barron Trump “looks like a very handsome date-rapist to be.”

The author of the Tweet, Stephen Spinola seems to be proud of his bullying, sharing a story done from Bustle headlined: “‘Funny tweets about Barron at the Inauguration aren’t appropriate,’” and replying: “Wow, my tweet didn’t even make it into this article - that’s bullshit.”

On Mr. Spinola’s twitter account, it says he’s a contributor to Comedy Central, however, Comedy Central refutes this, and said in a statement: “Stephen Spinola is not a writer for Comedy Central nor has he ever been employed by Comedy Central.”

It sounds as though Mr. Spinola is trying to up his own comedic value by taking out his vitriol on Barron Trump. A real class act.

A writer for Canada’s National Post also got into the act, tweeting: “Maybe Barron is a closeted Democrat. That or the kid has some serious resting bitch face,” as she linked to photos of the 10-year-old boy.

Caitlin Moran, a screenwriting agent, seemed to agree.

“The expressions on Barron Trump’s face are 100% Joffrey,” she tweeted, referring to the evil, murderous, villain on HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”

Chelsea Clinton, former first daughter, took to Twitter Sunday to both defend Barron and put down his dad.

“Barron Trump deserves the chance every child does-to be a kid,” Ms. Clinton wrote. “Standing up for every kid also means opposing @POTUS policies that hurt kids.”

Half-hearted at best.

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