- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton scolded a New York Magazine writer for tweeting a joke that referred to first son Barron Trump.

Jonathan Chait, who previously served as senior editor at The New Republic, suggested Monday that the 12-year-old take over as his father’s new chief of staff after President Trump announced over the weekend that John F. Kelly would be leaving by the end of the year.

Ms. Clinton, the daughter of Bill and Hillary Clinton, who lived at the White House from ages 12 to 20, criticized Mr. Chait for mentioning Barron in any capacity.

Mr. Chait defended himself in a series of tweets, explaining to Ms. Clinton directly that his joke was meant to be about the president, not Barron.

Mr. Chait said he ultimately agreed that it’s wrong to make jokes about any child, but simply naming the child in a joke should still be OK.

Ms. Clinton, who has a history of defending Barron on social media, did not respond to Mr. Chait’s clarification.

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