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Monica Lewinsky Defends Barron Trump Against Cyberbullying

| by David Bonner

Monica Lewinsky is back in the news.

Lewinsky, who became famous for the scandal that resulted from her affair with former President Bill Clinton in the 1990s, has come to the defense of President Donald Trump's youngest son, Barron.

The former White House intern tweeted that "all children need to be protected from bullying + mockery," reports the Daily Mail. "There is a longstanding public tradition of leaving children of presidents who are minors -- under the age of 18 -- out of the press…. Children are rightfully given the benefit of privacy, even children of presidents."

Her statement was in response to many tweets that commented on Barron's apparent inability to pay attention during his father's inauguration. The most notable of which came from Saturday Night Live writer Katie Rich. "Barron will be this country's first homeschool shooter," she joked.

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Rich was suspended for her remark, after which she tweeted: "I sincerely apologize for the insensitive tweet. I deeply regret my actions and offensive words. It ws inexcusable & I'm so sorry."

Also defending Barron was Chelsea Clinton, who faced bullying herself while growing up in the White House in the late 1970s. When she was 13, Rush Limbaugh compared her to a dog, recalled the Daily Mail.

In her message, Clinton proclaimed that Barron "deserves the chance every child does -- to be a kid."

Citing the most recent data available, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that 7% of students in grades 6–12 experience cyberbullying, as do 15% of high school students.

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The government agency defines the problem as follows:

"Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Electronic technology includes devices and equipment such as cell phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites. Examples of cyberbullying include mean text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles."

Sources: Daily Mail, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services / Photo Credit: U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Logan Carlson/Wikimedia Commons

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