Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has proven to have quite the formidable family on his team during this campaign: Both Ivanka and Eric Trump have advocated for their dad often, praising him frequently on social media and on the campaign trail. But is Trump's youngest supporter at the debate? Where is Barron Trump at the presidential debate? He's likely not in the crowd.
While Trump's older children have been supporting him at multiple campaign stops and rallies, Trump and his wife Melania have largely kept Barron out of the spotlight. So chances are high that he remained out of sight on Monday night, as well. After all, he's only 10 years old, and it seems like a smart idea to keep a young child away from the media circus during this campaign.
Barron did attend his father's nomination acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention earlier this year, however — and, adorably, did some yawning while there. (Barron, I'm with you. At 10 years old, nothing put me to sleep quicker than adults talking politics at the dinner table.) However, that was one of Barron's few appearances at his father's political events, and it was arguably one of Trump's most important ones.
Barron's absence at the presidential debate, however, didn't keep him from being pulled into the conversation. When it came to cyber security, Trump brought up his son:
So we had to get very very tough on cyber and cyber warfare. It is a huge problem. I have a son -- is ten years old. He has computers. Is so good with his computers. Unbelievable. The security aspect of fiber is very, very tough. And maybe it's hardly doable. But I will say, we are not doing the job we should be doing. With us through the lower whole governmental society. We have so many things that we have to do better.
Which, of course, led to a few Twitter responses:
Other than the odd cybersecurity shout-out, however, Barron has mostly been left out of the Trump campaign. Still, he reportedly absolutely supports his father. "[Barron] supports his dad 100 percent," Melania said in April, according to Us Weekly. "Of course, we both miss [Donald] because he is on the road a lot, but [Barron] understands and he’s doing great."
Melania also told the magazine that she shields her son as best as possible from the hate Trump can receive. "We’re dealing with it and I’m teaching [Barron] the right way and giving him morals and tradition and teaching him values at home," she said. "I’m home most of the time with him and being a parent to him. He’s 10 years old and he needs somebody at home."
Luckily for Barron, there were quite a few cameras in the room during the debate — so I'm sure that if he eventually wants a replay of his dad's first presidential debate, he'll have no trouble finding one.