Food Network host and stand-up comic John Henson sent out the most unnecessary, inflammatory and ill-considered tweet on Sunday. And it wasn’t even funny. At all.
Aside from anything else, Melania Trump’s faithfulness has never been questioned. Even if it had been, make that especially if it had been, who would be so rude as to attack a child for their mother’s promiscuity?
Over and above that, the children of U.S. presidents have always been off-limits. Period.
To their credit, Twitter users quickly criticized Henson for the tweet. In fact, I only came across one response that even remotely condoned it. One woman wrote: “I’ll allow it. I read his bio: stand-up comedian. If it were anyone else, no bueno, but for a comedian, that was a love-tap.”
In the past, justice has come fast for those who violate this unwritten protocol, as it should.
As of Monday at 10:30 am, there has been no comment from the Food Network, nor an apology from Henson.
In November 2014, Republican staffer Elizabeth Lauten, then-communications director for Tennessee Rep. Stephen Fincher, caused a media firestorm, after taking a shot at President Obama’s daughters, Malia and Sasha. In a Facebook post, she criticized Malia and Sasha, then 16 and 13-years-old, respectively, for their “inappropriate outfits” and for “looking bored” during a pre-Thanksgiving turkey pardoning ceremony.
Dear Sasha and Malia: I get you’re both in those awful teen years, but you’re a part of the First Family, try showing a little class. At least respect the part you play. Then again, your mother and father don’t respect their positions very much, or the nation for that matter. So I’m guessing you’re coming up a little short in the ‘good role model’ department…stretch yourself…rise to the occasion…act like being in the White House matters to you. Dress like you deserve respect, not a spot at a bar. And certainly don’t make faces during televised, public events.
Lauten later deleted the post and issued an apology.
Then-RNC Communications Director Sean Spicer wrote that “Children, especially the first daughters, are off limits.”
He added: “While the comments were inappropriate and insensitive, the mainstream media’s coverage of this story is appalling. In over 20 years in politics I have never seen 1 of the countless inappropriate comments by Democrats ever covered to a fraction of this.”