When Bill and Hillary Clinton entered the White House with little Chelsea, there was a strong mandate: lay off the First Daughter. When Barack and Michelle Obama's girls were growing up in the executive wing, the media largely overlooked their behavior (and mis-behavior). The generally polite rule was this: no matter what you think about the President's politics, don't bring his innocent children into your political pettiness. It's only right.
Fast forward to 2017. Now a Republican is in the White House. Suddenly, that mantra has been replaced by, and I'm paraphrasing, "Ewwwwww!!"
This new political posturing was obvious at a recent fashion show in New York when liberals couldn't even stomach the idea of sitting next to Tiffany Trump. (On top of that, these fashion-forward New Yorkers rudely tweeted photos to embarrass her.) The latest installation of Trump-induced hysteria is once again found in New York -- act shocked! - when Upper East Side moms debated whether or not to even let their children attend school with Trump's four-year-old grandson.
While most parents hope their kids learn how to stand in line and to recite their ABCs, these parents are worried their precious children might be exposed to an actual, real-life Republican family. Pass the smelling salts! Page Six has the inside scoop on their "mommy chat boards":
One of the anonymous contributors to UrbanBaby.com said her son had gotten into Buckley [School], but she didn’t want to send him there because a son of Donald Trump Jr.’s (likely 4-year-old Spencer Frederick) is said to be going to kindergarten there in the fall.
“They will be in the same classroom and I don’t think I can deal with this. Birthday parties, etc.,” the mother wrote.
Another mom replied: “It’s an innocent kid. It’s not like he can help the family he was born into. The hate must run really deep with you.”
A third mother wrote: “You almost have to decline. It sounds like it will drive you crazy . . . You want to spend nine years worried that DS [darling son] is getting infected with Trumpism?”
If you ever wonder why this nation is so politically polarized, I bet you could find the answer by chatting for ten minutes with these moms who live in the Upper East Side.
Just don't let them see you coming.