President Donald Trump’s son is back in the news, as reports note that his wife of 12 years, Vanessa Trump, filed for divorce. The couple released a joint statement:
“After 12 years of marriage, we have decided to go our separate ways. We will always have tremendous respect for each other and our families. We have five beautiful children together and they remain our top priority. We ask for your [sic] privacy during this time.”
According to BuzzFeed News, the increased intensity of the spotlight now on the Trump family and anyone associated has placed a heavy load on their marriage. Last month, Vanessa Trump was hospitalized after receiving an envelope with white powder (it was ultimately cornstarch.) Combine that with raising five children and legal scrutiny facing Donald Trump, Jr.
The report also detailed other issues from the Trumps’ marriage.
“The Trumps had been struggling with marital problems pertaining to Donald Trump Jr.’s incessant travel and some of his recent, questionable actions on Twitter. He recently liked two tweets that peddled a conspiracy theory about a teenage Florida school shooting survivor.”
However, critics have noticed the way the president’s eldest son uses his children for political target practice, such as a tweeting a picture of his child to knock socialism.
I’m going to take half of Chloe’s candy tonight & give it to some kid who sat at home. It’s never to early to teach her about socialism. pic.twitter.com/3ie9C0jv2G
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) October 31, 2017
Though Donald Trump, Jr. does not seem hesitant to thrust his children into the spotlight, former first daughter Chelsea Clinton suggested to her Twitter followers not to take the bait.
Clinton has been a passionate defender of the unspoken rule of not attacking the children of powerful people simply because of their association but has added that that does not extend to the president’s children, who have official roles in his administration. Clinton did not mince words with critics who allow their ire for the president and his family slip into attacking people who did not ask for any of this.
Please respect the privacy of President Trump’s grandchildren. They’re kids and deserve to not be your clickbait. Thank you.
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) March 15, 2018
The report noted that the divorce was filed on the same day that Special Counsel Robert Mueller subpoenaed the Trump Organization, the family business that Donald Trump, Jr. oversees.
Featured image By U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Marianique Santos via Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain.