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Barron Trump The Subject Of A Controversial New Meme (Photos)

| by Lauren Briggs

A new meme has emerged featuring President Donald Trump's 10-year-old son, Barron Trump, and Vice President Mike Pence as characters from the adventure cartoon "Johnny Quest."

People have compared Pence to white-haired Race Bannon from the 1960s Hanna-Barbera cartoon since the campaign, but new memes showing Barron as the main character, Johnny Quest, have shot up in popularity on Reddit and Twitter pages, reports Heavy.com. In the memes, Pence as Bannon and Barron as Quest bond together to fight undocumented immigrants, Native Americans, refugees and others in a series of exaggerated cartoons sure to spark opposition.

In one meme, the two characters square off against "illegal aliens," who are depicted as actual reptilian creatures from outer space.

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Another image shows them crouched behind a rock, as Bannon holds a gun that is ready to fire against shirtless, bow and arrow-wielding people in a fight over the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline.

In the original series, Bannon is a special agent and bodyguard working for the under-wraps government faction known as Intelligence One. He works to protect Johnny and the boy's father, Benton C. Quest, as they go on adventures around the world. He also mentors Johnny.

Another meme describes the pair as returning a refugee to Syria. Some versions describe them as fighting the refugees, while others describe the man as being gay.

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Barron Trump has long been at the center of contentious debates since his father's January inauguration, with some people mocking him and speculating about his personal life and others on both sides of the aisle urging the public to leave the 10-year-old out of the spotlight.

Following negative attention that Barron received at the president's swearing-in ceremony, including a "Saturday Night Live" writer tweeting a joke about the boy's mental health, the White House released a statement weighing in on the matter, notes The New York Times.

"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 said in a Jan. 24 statement. "The White House fully expects this tradition to continue. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter." 

Even Chelsea Clinton, who was around Barron's age when she moved into the White House, jumped to the boy's defense at the time.

"Barron Trump deserves the chance every child does -- to be a kid," the former first daughter wrote in a January Facebook post that received more than 141,000 reactions. "Standing up for every kid also means opposing [the president's] policies that hurt kids."

Sources:  White House, The New York Times, Heavy, Inverse, Chelsea Clinton/Facebook / Photo credit: Reddit, Reddit via Inverse, Not Mike Pence/Twitter, Reddit via Heavy

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