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Former NBC Executive Calls Barron Trump ‘Fair Game’

Graham Perdue
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A former NBC Universal senior executive and current “lifestyle expert” wrote an eerie post on social media concerning former President Donald Trump’s young son. Mike Sington took to X, formerly Twitter, to recognize a significant day.

He posed. “Barron Trump turns 18 today. He’s fair game now.”

That this bizarre observation came from a theoretically responsible adult is more than a bit disturbing. As it should have, the tweet caused a firestorm of controversy before it was deleted.


T. Becket Adams of the National Journalism Center blasted the Sington posting by asking exactly when criticizing an 18-year-old child of a public official became kosher.

He wrote on X, “When has 18 ever been the rule for criticizing the child of a famous person, esp when said child stays out of the spotlight? Or is this a statutory thing? Because it sure sounds like a statutory thing.” 

Another commentator asked if Sington set a calendar reminder of Barron Trump’s 18th birthday to remind himself of the important event. Robbie Starbuck called the former NBC executive a “weird, sick man” and recommended that he “seek help.”

Sington offered a weak response to Newsweek. In a statement he said he posted the “fair game” comment because “as an adult, he’s ‘fair game’ for criticism from the press.” Someone pointed out to me ‘fair game’ could mean fair game to be harmed.”


He claimed he does not wish for that to happen to anyone, “so I took it down. I listen to the comments and criticism I receive.” 

Sington’s ill-advised remark was hardly the first time the president’s young son was targeted by the left.

In 2017, then-”Saturday Night Live” writer Katie Rich was suspended for tweeting that Barron “will be this country’s first homeschool shooter. The next year, actor Peter Fonda posted that he wanted to “rip Barron Trump from his mother’s arms and put him in a cage.”

And in 2019, Stanford Law Professor Pamela Karlan revealed during impeachment testimony her derision for the then-13-year-old. The academic declared that the Constitution does not permit titles of nobility, so while Trump named his son Barron, “he can’t make him a baron.”

Jeopardy host Ken Jennings added an inappropriate joke after comedian Kathy Griffin’s horrific photograph holding a prop of the elder Trump’s bloodied and severed head.

Barron Trump was 11 at the time.

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