No doubt, tensions were high yesterday. Emotions ran the gamut amongst every American. There were crowds of thousands expressing support as the president they elected was sworn in while millions tuned in with their support from afar. On the other end of the spectrum, both emotional and political, other Americans expressed fear, moments of helplessness, and sadness as their apprehensions become real.
It’s in these times, misjudgments are made. And while Twitter can be a useful means of communication and source of information, it can also be a fucking festering pool of indecency, awfulness and hate.
Yesterday, a single tweet fell on this range and I’ll let you be the judge as to where it landed:
Katie Rich is a writer on Saturday Night Live. This tweet has since been removed and the profile set to private in response to the fallout from this tweet. Additionally, a petition on Change.org calling for NBC to fire the writer from Saturday Night Live had garnered more than 1800 signatures by Saturday morning. Lastly, Rich’s Wikipedia page had been briefly vandalized describing her as “talentless hack that bullies 10 year olds.”
All this is to say that kids should be off limits, across the board. Sasha and Malia Obama were the unwilling targets of such ire 3 years ago, too, proving that both sides are susceptible to the bullying of children. In 2014, A GOP aide by the name of Elizabeth Lauten posted on her Facebook the following:
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. At least respect the part you play. Then again, your mother and father don’t respect their positions very much, or the nation for that matter. So I’m guessing you’re coming up a little short in the ‘good role model’ department.”stretch yourself…rise to the occasion and act like being in the White House matters to you. Dress like you deserve respect, not a spot at a bar. And certainly don’t make faces during televised, public events.
This was all in reference to Sasha and Malia’s appearance at the turkey pardoning of 2014.
Elizabeth Lauten resigned from her position as a senior staffer a few days following that post.
So a couple of lessons learned:
— We have to remember that Barron Trump is ten. He isn’t homeschooled, more than likely isn’t well versed in diplomacy, and probably doesn’t have fully formed political opinions.
— Even as a joke, comparing him to a “shooter” has horrible implications. If there was some proof that he suffers with mental illness, still should be off limits and I’d hope there would be an outpouring of support that he is getting the treatment he needs.
— Barron Trump was born into this life and hadn’t chosen it. His life, much like Malia and Sasha and the Bush daughters and Chelsea Clinton, will be under heavy scrutiny. Every decision he will have to make here on forward will be under the watchful eye of a 300 million strong nation. Cut the kid some fucking slack.
Bottom line is this: I get that we’re angry and that we’re hurting, but this is unacceptable. We, as liberals, put forth rules when Obama was in office when it came to speaking about about the whole Obama family. We used those rules to judge how people are supposed to behave based on the way the Obamas were treated. We need to follow those goddamn rules. Same rules applied when Bush and Clinton were in office in regards to their daughters as well. Adults bullying children is cowardly full stop. It’s going to be a trying 4 years, let’s not start at the bottom. I’d encourage everyone to leave Barron Trump out of their disdain and disgust with his father. “When they go low, we go high.”