Melania Trump, the first lady, issued a rare public rebuke directed at a host on the Food Network for what she called an “inappropriate” joke on Father’s Day at the expense of her 14-year-old son.
John Henson, a comedian who hosts a Halloween-themed cooking show, took to Twitter to write, “I hope Barron [Trump] gets to spend today with whoever his dad is.”
The cheap shot was widely panned online. Stephanie Grisham, the spokeswoman for the first lady’s office, told the Hill, “Sadly we continue to see inappropriate and insensitive comments about the President’s son. 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.”
People magazine pointed out that the tweet was deleted.
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But of course, that’s not the reality. President Trump and his family have been the focus of constant barrage from haters in the news and entertainment media.
The recent non-fallout from Jimmy Kimmel’s history of blackface and use of the N-word is a prime example of how the left in the media will not face the wrath of “cancel culture,” which is reserved for conservatives.
Henson’s response to the fallout is also typical of a left-wing host who refuses to admit wrongdoing.
“The joke was aimed at Trump and the mere mention of Barron’s name doesn’t mean it’s at his expense,” he said. “Although I respect your right to take issue with it.”
The New York Post said a representative for Henson did not immediately comment for the article.
Miranda Devine, a columnist for the paper, criticized the network and said Henson “should be ashamed of himself” for targeting a teen who is already the focus of so much attention.
“It’s utterly despicable that a Food Network host would use Father’s Day to target a child, a 14-year-old boy who has done nothing wrong. He has no choice about who is family is.”
This is not the first time Barron Trump was targeted. Pamela Karlan, a Stanford Law School professor, joked during a congressional hearing in December, “The Constitution says there can be no titles of nobility, so while the president can name his son ‘Barron,’ he can’t make him a baron.”
She later apologized after being called out by the first lady.