President Donald Trump’s youngest son was reportedly troubled by an image of his father’s bloodied and disembodied head, but many aren’t feeling sorry for the child.
Barron Trump, 11, was watching television Wednesday, May 31, when he saw the video of comedian Kathy Griffin, who has since been let go by CNN, holding the faux head of the president. Trump family sources claimed Barron was “panicked” by it and screamed for his mother, first lady Melania Trump.
“He’s 11,” a source told TMZ. “He doesn’t know who Kathy Griffin is and the head she was holding resembled his dad.”
The first lady issued a statement saying the photo is “disturbing,” while President Trump slammed it on Twitter.
Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself. My children, especially my 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2017
But the American public isn’t sympathetic toward Barron.
Barron Trump saw a very long necktie on a heap of expired deli meat in a dumpster. He thought it was his dad & his little heart is breaking
— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) May 31, 2017
unpopular opinion kathy griffin didnt go to far and i do not care if barron trump or Donald trump got their feelings hurt
— Dylan (@plantlover2009) June 1, 2017
A few felt sorry for Barron.
TMZ reports: Barron Trump was watching TV & saw @kathygriffin holding the severed head. He thought it was his dad. My heart is broken.
— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) May 31, 2017
i don't support trump at all but i truly think that what kathy griffin did was completely distasteful – i do feel so sorry for barron
— lows🌞 (@lowrispear) June 1, 2017
Some made comparisons to what Black children have endured, including former President Barack Obama’s daughters.
When they say 11 year old Barron is a child who should be protected, but 12 year old Tamir deserved to be murdered for playing in the park.
— 🇯🇲Black🇭🇹Aziz🇳🇬aNANsi🇹🇹 (@Freeyourmindkid) June 1, 2017
I feel bad for Barron Trump, but D. Trump is using him for sympathy. Sasha and Malia saw this stuff for 8 years and Obama never used them
— Olivia (@oliviaglake) May 31, 2017
Here are the comments from a post about Sasha Obamas birthday. Take your fake Barron Trump rage elsewhere. pic.twitter.com/AcasGjRS92
— Jake Rose (@jakerose_22) May 31, 2017