- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 1, 2018

Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton jumped to President Trump’s youngest son’s defense this week after comedian Zack Bornstein made a joke at the 11-year-old’s expense.

On Tuesday, Mr. Bornstein wrote in a now-deleted tweet that first lady Melania Trump’s special guest at the event, 12-year-old Preston Sharp, had been “recast as BarronTrump.

Preston is credited with organizing the placement of more than 40,000 American flags and red carnations on the graves of Northern California veterans.

Mrs. Clinton told Mr. Bornstein and others to leave Barron Trump alone and linked to Preston’s fundraising efforts.

“Whatever our politics, I hope we can agree to both leave 11-year old private citizen Barron Trump alone and celebrate 12-year old Preston Sharp for his work to honor the graves of every military veteran,” the 37-year-old tweeted.

President Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., thanked Mrs. Clinton for the gesture.

This wasn’t the first time Mrs. Clinton stood up for Barron. Last January, soon after “Saturday Night Live” writer Katie Rich wrote that Barron “will be this country’s first homeschool shooter,” Mrs. Clinton fired back: “Barron Trump deserves the chance every child does — to be a kid.”

And in August, Mrs. Clinton criticized The Daily Caller after it published a story mocking the child’s clothing: “It’s high time the media & everyone leave Barron Trump alone & let him have the private childhood he deserves,” she tweeted, People reported.

First Lady Melania Trump thanked her at the time, tweeting: “Thank you @ChelseaClinton – so important to support all of our children in being themselves! #StopChildhoodBullying.”

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