President Trump became the subject of a hostile photo shoot that had him “beheaded” in bloody effigy and his severed head held up by Kathy Griffin.
After the ensuing outrage over the photo, which Griffin originally defended as “art,” she apologized for doing it.
Nevertheless, the damage was done. The president put in real, human terms how such a photo impacted the president’s children.
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) 31. мај 2017.
One would imagine that there would be a consensus that this was a “tasteless” act. Sadly, that isn’t the case.
The shocking photoshoot was actually defended:
It's almost like she mocked a disabled person or stripped healthcare away from 20+ million people.
— Scott Stavrou (@WriteAwayEurope) 31. мај 2017.
How is Barron, who has his own floor on Trump tower, doing with you throwing millions of poor people off healthcare for billionaire tax cut?
— Mike Elgan (@MikeElgan) 31. мај 2017.
Parenting protip: social media isn't for kids. That means Baron and Eric need their smart phones taken away.
— ZoeYork/AinsleyBooth (@ZoeYorkWrites) 31. мај 2017.
…why did you show that to your son? What's wrong with you?
— Alex Zalben (@azalben) 31. мај 2017.
I don't disagree with you, but was there really a need to bring your kid into this (by name)?
— Evan Dashevsky (@haldash) 31. мај 2017.
But if Trump cares about what Barron feels, he should reflect on what the children whose fathers he's deporting must feel
— (((R?ran_Stehl))) (@Roran_Stehl) 31. мај 2017.
This is once again a case when the left’s vitriol and contempt for President Trump hold him to a double standard that would never be applied to former Democratic presidents.
It’s one thing when political disagreement leads to heated rhetoric, but quite another when Americans begin dehumanizing one another. As Jimmy Fallon tellingly put it after recently getting blowback for his genial interview with Donald Trump, “I didn’t do it to humanize him.”
Unfortunately, not only are the families of their enemies caught up in the collateral damage, the nation becomes a worse place for forging mutual understanding and a hostile environment for all of our children.