A snarky TV host made a cruel Father’s Day joke about the president’s youngest son, but mama bear wasn’t having it.
In a statement from her office this week, First Lady Melania Trump excoriated Food Network host John Henson for suggesting that President Donald Trump is not actually Barron’s father, the Washington Examiner reported.
“Inappropriate and insensitive”
Melania Trump is the president’s third wife, and their family has often been characterized as unhappy by critics in the media, Hollywood, and elsewhere.
Even the first couple’s 14-year-old son has been an occasional target of wisecracks since his father entered the political fray. Now, however, Melania Trump is fighting back.
On Father’s Day, Henson, who hosts Food Network’s Halloween Baking Championship, saw fit to quip that he hopes Barron “gets to spend today with whoever his dad is,” the Examiner reported.
Stephanie Grisham, the first lady’s spokeswoman and close friend, issued a blistering response.
“Sadly, we continue to see inappropriate and insensitive comments about the president’s son,” Grisham said, according to the Examiner. “As with every other administration, a minor child should be off-limits and allowed to grow up with no judgment or hate from strangers and the media.”
Melania vs. the media
The host, for his part, has refused to admit fault, insisting that the joke “was aimed at [President] Trump and the mere mention of Barron’s name doesn’t mean it’s at his expense,” according to the New York Post. How clever.
Of course, he’s not the first adult to be chastened by Mrs. Trump for making fun of her child: during the impeachment saga, Melania publicly condemned Pamela Karlan, the liberal lawyer who invoked Barron’s name to make an awkward joke likening his father to a king.
“A minor child deserves privacy and should be kept out of politics,” Melania Trump said at the time, according to the Examiner. “Pamela Karlan, you should be ashamed of your very angry and obviously biased public pandering and using a child to do it.”
The normally reticent first lady has been the target of speculation and mockery aplenty as well, much of it focusing on the theme that she is miserable and putting on appearances for the sake of her husband. She has been the subject of all manner of wild rumors, including claims that she cried tears of sorrow on election night 2016.
Indeed, Melania — like her husband and the rest of the family — is still battling salacious innuendo and downright idiotic jokes about herself and her child four years into the Trump presidency. One has to wonder if it will ever stop.