Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky has come to the defense of the president’s 10-year-old son, Barron Trump, after a controversial tweet equated him with being a potential killer.
Saturday Night Live writer Katie Rich was suspended indefinitely after posting on her Twitter account that Trump “will be this country’s first homeschool shooter.” The message caused an uproar among social media, which prompted Rich to delete the tweet and deactivate her account.
Lewinsky responded to the incident by reposting a Bustle.com article on her Twitter account with the caption “all children need to be protected from bullying + mockery.”
— Monica Lewinsky (@MonicaLewinsky) January 23, 2017
Lewinsky is no stranger to public harassment. After news of her affair with President Bill Clinton was made public, she became a victim of cyber-bullying and even contemplated suicide at one point.
“Overnight, I went from being a completely private figure to a publicly humiliated one worldwide. Granted, it was before social media, but people could still comment online, email stories, and, of course, email cruel jokes. I was branded as a tramp, tart, slut, whore, bimbo, and, of course, ‘that woman,’” Lewinsky said in April.
In 2015, Lewinsky appeared on a TED Talk and claimed the incident with Clinton ruined her reputation. “Not a day goes by that I am not reminded of my mistake, and I regret that mistake deeply,” she said at the time.
The former White House intern is now a staunch anti-bullying activist.
“Anyone who is suffering from shame and public humiliation needs to know one thing: you can survive it. I know it’s hard. It may not be painless, quick, or easy, but you can insist on a different ending to your story,” Lewinsky said.
Other unlikely allies have come to Barron Trump’s defense, including Chelsea Clinton, who wrote on Twitter, “Barron Trump deserves the chance every child does — to be a kid.”
Barron Trump deserves the chance every child does-to be a kid. Standing up for every kid also means opposing @POTUS policies that hurt kids.
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) January 22, 2017
Rich eventually reactivated her Twitter account on Monday and issued an apology.
“I sincerely apologize for the insensitive tweet. I deeply regret my actions and offensive words,” she wrote. “It was inexcusable & I’m so sorry.”
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