A reporter from the conservative news site The Daily Caller has attacked 11-year-old Barron Trump for not "dressing like he's in the White House."
Entertainment reporter Ford Springer slammed the only son of President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump on Aug. 21, saying that the young boy dresses inappropriately when he is out with his parents during public appearances.
Springer specifically went after Barron for what he was wearing when he was returning with his parents to the White House from the Trump golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey.
"Young Barron looked like he was hopping on Air Force One for a trip to the movie theater," Springer wrote of the 11-year-old's graphic T-shirt and khaki shorts.
Although Barron doesn't have any official responsibilities as the president's son, Springer maintains that "the least he could do is dress the part when he steps out in public."
Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former President Clinton and former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, defended Barron over Twitter, saying that the boy deserves to have a private childhood without worrying about what other people think.
"It's high time the media & everyone leave Barron Trump alone & let him have the private childhood he deserves," she tweeted on Aug. 21 with a link to the Daily Caller's article, according to CNN.
Despite being a major critic of President Trump, the younger Clinton has come to the defense of the 11-year-old on multiple occasions.
"I've repeatedly said and will keep saying Barron should be afforded the right and space and privacy to be a kid," she wrote in April.
Springer's article has been met with widespread condemnation from both political parties. The first lady's communications director, Stephanie Grisham, has responded to the Daily Caller's article, asking the media to respect Barron's privacy.
"Like all first families have in the past, we want everyone to respect Barron's privacy and let him be a kid," she said.
Melania Trump also personally thanked Chelsea Clinton for standing up for her son, according to Refinery29.
"Thank you Chelsea Clinton-so important to support all of our children in being themselves! #StopChildhoodBullying," the first lady wrote on Twitter.
Melania has gone to great lengths to keep Barron out of the public eye and to allow him a normal childhood. After the inauguration, she and Barron stayed behind in New York City so that the pre-teen could finish up the school year and stay out of the spotlight for a few more months.