Barron Trump, 11, was criticized by a conservative outlet for dressing like a kid

President Donald J. Trump returns to the White House from vacation

Donald Trump’s 11-year-old son Barron has been photographed more and more the past few months, mostly as he’s being shuffled along back and forth from the White House and various Trump-owned golf clubs. These photos are from Sunday night, as the Trumps arrived back at the White House after their deplorable “vacation.” Barron wore an absolutely adorable “On Your Mark Tiger Shark” t-shirt from J.Crew. Barron wears a lot of J.Crew Kids clothes, and whenever he’s photographed in them, the clothes tend to sell out. He’s like Duchess Kate in that way! Personally, I want everyone in this administration to rot in jail, but I’m cool with Barron. He’s just a kid and I get a kick out of his awkward-tween style. He has a great eye for cool t-shirts and I would wear the hell out of his shark t-shirt if it came in my size.

Still, the Republicans aren’t happy about Barron’s cool-kid style. The Daily Caller – a deplorable publication – ran a story called “It’s High Time Barron Trump Starts Dressing Like He’s In the White House.” FOR THE LOVE OF GOD. He’s 11 years old! What is he supposed to do, wear a suit throughout the weekend? In any case, Chelsea Clinton – of all people – decided to defend Barron:

This isn’t the first time she’s defended him, and I suspect it won’t be the last. I’d just like to point out that for the most part, it’s more progressive media figures and Democrats who are defending Barron Trump. His own father uses the 11-year-old as a human shield from criticism. It’s a conservative media outlet which is bitching about his style. Remember when the Obama daughters were told by GOP aide that they needed to stop dressing like teenage girls? Good times. #LetKidsDressLikeKids

President Donald J. Trump returns to the White House from vacation

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  1. Jessica says:

    Daily Caller is a conservative outlet? I’m not familiar with it; on Twitter people were trying to make it seem like they were a left-leaning blog.

    • Basi says:

      Someone said Tucker Carlson created?

      • Jessica says:

        Well then it’s definitely conservative. I read the link and it did seem favorable to the Trumps but I can’t for the life of me understand why they think something is wrong with how Barron dresses. He looks one notch below smart casual; he’s only in the 6th grade I believe.

    • Megan says:

      The Daily Caller is a right-wing rag. They are clearly trying to get attention by calling out Barron Trump. Sad.

      • Jessica says:

        It was very common during the Obama administration to criticize the First Family for minor things just for attention so at least the Trumps are getting the same treatment.

    • Mel says:

      I made it a point to look it up when I read Chelsea Clinton’s tweet.
      One of the founders is no other than Tucker Carlson.
      I hope the WH calls them out. I don’t know that they will though. If it had been the NYT, there would have been twenty tweets sent out already! (The NYT would not run such a “story”)
      I found it deplorable too and I would actually take out the “of all people” from the sentence about Chelsea Clinton. She has ALWAYS been an advocate for children of presidents, especially after what she went through and has been a well-documented crusader of the Not the children policy. And I wholeheartedly agree (OF course not the overgrown ones haunting the WH, those are MORE than fair game!)

      • Sadezilla says:

        Chelsea Clinton is so great on Twitter. She often personally responds to rude messages directed at her with kindness the commenters probably don’t deserve.

  2. Basi says:

    I was just relieved it wasn’t a liberal rag.

    • Esmom says:

      Do you really think a left leaning “rag” would harp on Barron to dress more formally? That doesn’t really compute, lol.

      • GiBee says:

        It’s possible. It only takes one person to make a dumb comment about Barron to give the right endless ammunition.

  3. swak says:

    For goodness sakes, let him be. He should be able to travel as comfortably as he wants. I think Chelsea is great for defending him. She knows what it is like to be a child in the White House and got lots of criticism herself.

    • lunchcoma says:

      She’s the same age I am, and I spent her teen years cringing on her behalf. I’d have ended up with serious emotional problems (well, more serious than I already have) if I’d gotten that kind of scrutiny as an awkward tween. The Obama girls were lucky enough to be graceful and attractive through those years, but don’t most of us mere mortals struggle? I wish people writing those things would remember their own junior high years.

      • Jerusha says:

        Whatever criticism can be levelled at Billary, no one can say they didn’t do a good job with Chelsea.

      • jwoolman says:

        Barron just turned eleven not long ago. He dresses a lot better than I did at his age…. he looks fine, can’t imagine what that publication was even thinking of. He looks neat and well-groomed, which usually impresses adults. What do they expect him to wear?!? His clothing looks normal kid casual but quite acceptable for going out in public.

      • RottenFlower says:

        Oh, that’s not true, Jerusha… just ask my dad. /eyeroll.

    • Esmom says:

      Yes, Barron should definitely be able to dress like a normal kid without any grief. His life is abnormal enough already.

      And I’d like to think that all the previous First Kids have secretly rallied around Barron — they have his back publicly but I’d love to think they are giving him encouraging words behind the scenes.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I hate the Trump administration, but I feel very protective of Barron. He didn’t ask for any of this and he is just a child. So young! He shouldn’t be criticized for ANYTHING, imo. I also feel bad for how much he is photographed, but I guess there isn’t much to be done about that.

      • Paris says:

        I totally agree with you!
        Every day is a nightmare, but let Baron live “normal” life (believe me, his father’s past will hunt him all his life), let him breathe. He is only 11 years old. Stop bully him. Baron is not his father. We all know, that Donald loves only Ivanka. Just look at Baron — he already looks confuse and uncomfortable next to his father.
        Donald don’t look at him, don’t hug him, don’t smile, don’t make eye contact with him. Let Baron live. Don’t bully him. It’s not OK. He already lives in dysfunctional family. Don’t bully him.

  4. littlemissnaughty says:

    Kids are off limits, always. And there is nothing wrong with his clothes at all.

    ETA: Also, … he’s still 11? I feel like we’ve all aged at least 5 years, I can’t believe he isn’t 13 yet. Feels like forever since this sh*tshow began.

  5. HelloSunshine says:

    Kids are always off limits. I can’t stand people who criticize Barron (same with the gorgeous Obama girls) , as if it isn’t already difficult enough being a teenager and being the child of someone constantly under scrutiny.
    Side note: I can’t believe how tall he’s gotten! I would also wear the heck out if that shirt :)

  6. snowflake says:

    Poor kid.. seriously

  7. ArchieGoodwin says:

    trump has retweeted daily caller, I remember because I’d never heard of it and went to google. It’s very conservative.

    poor kid though, like he doesn’t already have enough burden to bear. having a father like that leaves permanent scars, even with a mom who runs interference.

  8. Beth says:

    He’s a young cute kid,and honestly the only one of Trumps kids who’s good looking. Of course he wears kids clothes. Do the conservatives want him to wear too big suits and too long ties like his father?

  9. CynicalAnn says:

    For a while there they did put him in suits and clothes that were formal and it looked ridiculous. Leave him alone.

    • Jessica says:

      That’s because those were more formal appearances (RNC, election night, etc). He’s just going from vacation to the WH, no need to wear anything better than what he’s got on.

    • magnoliarose says:

      Tangerine made his older sons dress in suits but I don’t think he bothers with him much. I have barely seen him talk to him.

  10. perplexed says:

    He looks like he got better features than his brothers. Maybe Melania’s genes helped…

    • MellyMel says:

      I was just coming here to say the same thing. He’s a cute kid.

    • magnoliarose says:

      Absolutely. He has a chin for starters.

      • swak says:

        Hey now! Every other generation in my family doesn’t have a chin. Can’t help genetics! And if I could, I would get a chin implant!

      • Honey says:

        He also has clean hair. Greasy slicked back hair like both of his brothers have,isn’t attractive

      • magnoliarose says:

        @swak But you are a cool grandma with 10 lovely grandkids that you cook for and that makes you a beauty from head to toe. 💖

        *snark about chins for them only: DJ Fredo and Eric the Unloved*

  11. lunchcoma says:

    Heh. Probably the only thing I like about this family is that Barron dresses like a regular tween, so it figures that’s what conservatives hate.

  12. Mermaid says:

    Of course Chelsea defended him. Never forget that liberals leave kids alone and have standards for this kind of thing. The SNL writer who made fun of Barron-fired. And Rush Limbaugh called Chelsea ugly for Godsakes and is still spewing hate almost thirty years later. I was a little bit older than she was at the time and I remember feeling so bad for her. I will never make fun of Barron and I love his shirt. I feel bad for him having such crappy parents.

    • WendyNerd says:

      Limbaugh called her a “dog” on national TV. Then there was Glenn Beck’s cruel imitation of the Obama girls, not to mention the general crap thrown at them for their looks, taste in clothes, and taste in music.

      • Mermaid says:

        I hold Limbaugh personally responsible for Trump. That horrid man, his five marriages, shady trips to the Domenican Republic, oxy addicted carnival barker is a cancer on society and should be shipped off to Russia. I haven’t forgotten the comments made about Chelsea and the awful things said about the lovely and classy Obama girls. I really wouldn’t put it past Dump to have this story put out there to try and influence Melania to make poor Barron to wear a suit all the time.

    • Beth says:

      Rush Limpdick has no right to call anyone ugly. Maybe that sleazy pig should look in the mirror

    • Scout says:

      She was not fired, she was on the scrolling writer’s credits for the latest Weekend Update specials.

  13. WendyNerd says:

    He’s 11, you turdcanoes!

  14. The New Classic says:

    I have such affection for Barron. I hope he emerges from all of this as unscathed as is possible to be. Also, he’s a freaking kid for chrissakes, let him be a kid! I for one think he looks well put together and age appropriate.

    • WendyNerd says:

      Me too. I just feel so terrible for him! Like, at the very least the Obama girls had awesome parents who conducted themselves well. But Barron? And when the Trumps go down in flames, you can bet your ass he’ll have a terrible time. Especially if the family is completely ruined. Not to mention all those people who speculated about him having special needs. Of course there’s nothing wrong with that, but when you’re a kid, that’s going to hurt, regardless of whether or not it’s true.

      I kind of want to get this made into a t-shirt and send it to him, poor kid:

  15. Iknowwhatboyslike says:

    I distinctly remember a time when a GOP staffer told the Obama girls they need to stop dressing as they were picking up guys at a bar. We need a better word than Deplorables to describe these people.

    • Jessica says:

      Yep I remember that fondly. Sasha was wearing a cardigan, mini-dress and high socks and Malia was wearing a long-sleeved shirt, skater skirt and tights.

  16. Sansa says:

    He always stands as far away from his dad as possible. It’s bad enough when your dad is older then a grandpa, let alone having to deal with is insane father. His mother does her best to keep him away from him and Chelsea is right.

    • swak says:

      Is he standing apart (from both parents) or are they so oblivious that they don’t remember he is with them?

    • Christin says:

      From what random photos depict, I’m not convinced either parent significantly engages with him. He seems a third wheel.
      Hope he has friends with nice parents and/or a caring nanny to help him.

  17. Jerusha says:

    ” for the most part, it’s more progressive media figures and Democrats who are defending Barron Trump. ”
    Absolutely this^^^. Barron is the only one I won’t criticize, the only one whose name I capitalize. On a much earlier thread I commented how it was so nice to see him out of those godawful suits he was usually dressed in.
    The conservative media usually only criticize certain presidential children-Amy Carter, Chelsea, Malia, Sasha-so what’s up with their criticism of a repub child and a male, at that!!

    • magnoliarose says:

      I tried to find something redeeming about some of them but it is a useless exercise. Barron is the only one who deserves compassion and kindness. I hope he grows up and is able to be whole and not overly damaged by his parents.

  18. magnoliarose says:

    He always looks his age and put together. It isn’t 1950 even if Republicans wish it were.

  19. S says:

    Considering the well-known, and widely accepted, story of Trump smacking Don Jr., and knocking to him the ground, when Sr met Jr at college to attend a football game, due to the fact Jr wasn’t wearing a suit, I think this means that Melania has much more say about her children, than Ivanka did over hers … Which makes sense given both Trump’s age now (vs then) and the fact that his entire demeanor regarding Barron seems to be one of benign, at best, neglect. Like, he’s already got his three children helpers, and Tiffany and Barron were primarily unwanted afterthoughts. Sad, but true, given everything said publicly about Trump pushing Marla to have an abortion and only agreeing to “let” Melania have Barron if she promised to get her figure back within an allotted time frame.

  20. Skylark says:

    Serious LOL at the Donald being described as ‘dapper’ in that Daily Caller piece!! Dapper!?!

    He is the absolute antithesis of dapper in his ill-fitting shiny clown suits, taste-deficient tacky ties and scarecrow hair. Dapper my arse.

  21. Radley says:

    Is there no honor among thieves? Leave the kid alone. I hope they at least limit their unwarranted criticism to clothes and don’t go digging for any “scoops”. Nothing happening now is Barron Trump’s fault. Let him have some peace while he still can.

  22. IlsaLund says:

    Barron dresses appropriately for a kid his age. What is he supposed to do? Dress in designer suits all the time? J. Crew makes great kids clothes. Malia & Sasha also wore J.Crew and always looked stylish and dressed age appropriate

  23. lucy2 says:

    Nope, kids are off limits. And just leave him alone, he’s got enough stuff to deal with.
    I’m really proud of Chelsea for her unwavering defense of Barron, and other WH children over the years. She’s had a lifetime of people being awful to her and saying awful things about her family, and she’s time and again responded with grace and class.

  24. Tyrant Destroyed says:

    I just want to know why Melania Trump would wear sunglasses in the middle of the night?

    • Skylark says:

      To minimise the orange glare emanating from the repulsive orange(peel) face of the grotesque clown she’s having to continue to pretend she’s still happily in accord with.

  25. Alix says:

    The White House is the kid’s HOME, for crying out loud. He’s dressed entirely appropriately for an 11-year-old boy.

    His siblings should dress up, though, since they consider themselves part of the administration. Grifters.

  26. Amelie says:

    Poor Barron! I feel sorry for him, I’m pretty sure he doesn’t enjoy being a White House kid. I kind of hope he might be the Trump kid that goes on to write a tell-all about living in the White House denouncing his crazy dad when he’s an adult (not to be too blunt but by that time Donald Trump might no longer be among the living so it wouldn’t matter anymore).

  27. Ana says:

    I guess some people like to believe the US President and his family is the equivalent to the british monarchy (ha!). So ridiculous.

  28. K says:

    He looks really nice. My own kid wears similar. How in the world do they want him to dress – in a bow tie and waistcoat? Ridiculous.

  29. paranormalgirl says:

    He’s a cute kid. And a kid. I don’t understand the urge to attack children. I love the support he’s getting from Chelsea Clinton and the Celebitches

  30. Shambles says:

    He’s such a cute kid. And, at 11 years old, his hands are bigger than his father’s. Good for you, Bare.

    Chelsea Clinton is a really nice person. I don’t know if I would be able to wholeheartedly defend the son of a man who treated my mother in such a horrible way.

  31. Jessica says:

    Poor kid. I love his t shirt photos. I’m 42 and want them!

  32. AsIf says:

    totally besides the point, but has the print on the shirt some kind of meaning? like is it a reference? I don’t understand it….

  33. Jessica says:

    Did Glenn Beck every apologize for calling Malia Obama slow when she was 11. The same Malia who is moving into Harvard College as I type this.

  34. eeeeetrainnnn says:

    I have a five year old and I would only let him wear that to the playground. It’s v immature for an overgrown 11 year old deplaning af1. Period.

  35. KiddVicious says:

    He wears $500 Gucci loafers, I wouldn’t call that dressing like a normal kid.