Melania Says Children Should Be Kept Out of Politics, Twitter Reminds Her of All the Kids Her Husband Caged

Melania Trump has been described as a hypocrite after making a rare public political statement on Stanford University professor Pamela Karlan's comment about Barron Trump.

The first lady was one of a number of people who reacted to Karlan's quip about the president's youngest son before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, December 4.

Karlan, a witness for the House Democrats, used Donald Trump's 13-year-old son as a reference point when asked to compare the president's conduct to that of a monarch.

"Kings could do no wrong, because the king's words was law. And contrary to what President Trump has said, Article 2 [of the constitution] does not give him the power to do anything he wants," Karlan said.

"I'll just give you an example that shows you the difference between him and a king: 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."

In response, the First Lady, who runs the White House's anti-bullying Be Best initiative, tweeted: "A minor child deserves privacy and should be kept out of politics.

"Pamela Karlan, you should be ashamed of your very angry and obviously biased public pandering, and using a child to do it."

Reacting to the tweet, a host of social media users pointed out that under her husband's presidency, thousands of children were separated from their parents at the border and held in detention center "cages."

Two points, Melania:

1) You obviously didn’t write a single word of this tweet.

2) You never gave a damn about any children except your own, and now it’s clear you’re willing to let the White House use Barron to try to score political points.

You’re as self-serving as Donald.

— Jon Cooper 🇺🇸 (@joncoopertweets) December 5, 2019

Good point. And minor children should not held in cages separated from their parents directed by your husband @realDonaldTrump

— Joe Lockhart (@joelockhart) December 4, 2019

Dear First Lady,

I know you are very busy preparing for the press conference you promised to give about your immigration status, but let me advise you that a bad pun involving a child's name will not harm him.

Tearing a child from his mother's arms, as your husband did, will.

— Bill Prady (@billprady) December 4, 2019

Melania demands tears for Barron but not for the children separated from their families and left to die in cages.

— Bree Newsome Bass (@BreeNewsome) December 4, 2019

Hey @FLOTUS, you’re complicit as your sociopath husband rips children from their mommies and throws ‘em in cages. Let me tell you what children should be “kept out of”: Cages. #Melania #Trump https://t.co/fXG4FK2JyQ

— Andy Ostroy (@AndyOstroy) December 4, 2019

Similarly, thousands of people tweeted using the #FakeOutrage hashtag, noting that the First Lady did not comment about President Trump verbally attacking 16-year-old climate change activist Greta Thunberg.

Other social media users also reminded about the furore over her "I really don't care, do U?" khaki jacket, which she wore while heading to see detained migrant children in McAllen, Texas, in June 2018.

Melania Trump said the message on the back of her jacket was aimed at the "left-wing media who are criticizing me."

And earlier this year, social media users reminded the first lady about the migrant children who were detained on the border after she tweeted a message to pupils returning to school in September while using the hashtag #BeBest.

The witness said nothing disrespectful about your son. In any case, she apologized. Where was your outrage when your husband insulted a child with Aspergers who is doing her best to save the planet ? Where is his apology? pic.twitter.com/4CTctMnvtw

— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) December 5, 2019

Hey melanie, I really don’t care. #FakeOutrage #DoubleStandards pic.twitter.com/xcIx9tDxcX

— Jo 🚴🏻‍♀️🏃🏼‍♀️ Resistor 🌊 (@JodyAVL) December 5, 2019

Melania, I agree children should be left out of politics. Do you give same advice to your husband? On the day I buried my 14 year old daughter, he politicized her murder and tweeted this lie blaming her murder on the Russia investigation. This was hurtful to my family. pic.twitter.com/GsIKO9r0or

— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) December 5, 2019

Several prominent conservative figures also condemned Karlan's comments about Barron Trump, including the president's eldest son Donald Trump Jr., TV host Jeanine Pirro and Fox News' Tucker Carlson.

In a statement, Trump 2020 campaign spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany said: "Only in the minds of crazed liberals is it funny to drag a 13-year-old child into the impeachment nonsense.

"Pamela Karlan thought she was being clever and going for laughs, but she instead reinforced for all Americans that Democrats have no boundaries when it comes to their hatred of everything related to President Trump.

"Hunter Biden is supposedly off-limits according to liberals, but a 13-year-old boy is fair game. Disgusting."

Later on in the proceedings, Karlan did apologize for her remarks, adding it was "wrong" of her to say it.

"I wish the president would apologize for the things that he's done that's wrong, but I do regret having said that," she added.

Newsweek has contacted the White House for comment.

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Melania Trump listens as US President Donald Trump speaks before he pardons the National Thanksgiving Turkey during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC on November 26, 2019. The First Lady ahs been criticized for attacking Stanford University professor Pamela Karlan following her comment about Barron Trump. SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty