Opinion: Why Should Barron Trump Be Off-Limits When Donald Thinks Nothing Is Off-Limits?

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Earlier this week, the White House declared that Barron Trump, Donald Trump's 10-year-old son, should be off-limits for all questions, comments, and jokes. Their statement read: "It is a longstanding tradition that the children of Presidents are afforded the opportunity to grow up outside of the political spotlight.

The White House fully expects this tradition to continue. We appreciate your cooperation."

Apparently, the political elite agrees. A Saturday Night Live writer recently had to apologize for a joke that she made about Barron Trump:

And Melania Trump forced a blogger to recant his assertions about Barron by threatening a lawsuit (from US Magazine):

Melania Trump is threatening to sue over the YouTube video that suggests her son, Barron Trump, may be autistic. In a statement to Us Weekly, Melania's lawyer Charles J. Harder says the video is a form of harassment and bullying.

"This law firm represents First Lady-elect Melania Trump and her 10-year-old son, Barron Trump. A video was posted at YouTube recently speculating that Barron might be autistic. He is not," Harder of Harder Mirell & Abrams LLP in Los Angeles tells Us of the seven-minute video, which features footage of Barron from various moments throughout the campaign.

Now, while we would agree that people should not speculate about someone's condition without evidence, our question is: why is Barron Trump off-limits, when Donald Trump thrives on the premise that nothing is off-limits?

Is it off-limits to make fun of a dead soldier's family? Is it off-limits to make fun of a disabled reporter? Is it off-limits to call a woman fat and ugly? Is it off-limits to brag about assaulting a woman sexually? For Donald Trump, none of it is off-limits.

Still, some will argue that a child can't be responsible for the sins of his father -- and we would normally agree. But clearly, that's not how Trump sees it. Throughout his campaign, he has argued that families of terrorists should be killed.

And he has argued that kids deserve to lose their parents to deportation. And he has argued that we should work with Russia and Assad to kill Syrians. It's clear that he has no problem hurting other people's sons.

Donald Trump has already shown that he will not abide by any longstanding traditions of decency, so why should everyone else?

So for every little boy that Donald Trump wants to blow to bits because of a radicalized relative;

For every little boy whose body was incinerated by chemical weapons that Trump's allies Putin and Assad used in Syria;

For every little boy who will never see his father again because of Trump's deportation squads;

And for every little boy who is jailed to support Trump's private prison cronies,

We say: you don't deserve decency -- we will never stop exercising our First Amendment right to speak about anyone.

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