Now, in the “Age of Trump,” that line has been obliterated by those who oppose or openly hate the president and replaced by an attitude that states, “There is no line we will not cross, and there is no place that shall remain private, sacred or above our personal animus, as long as Trump is president.”
To be sure, any honest assessment of presidential history will record that first ladies Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama also were victims of vile, twisted and, quite often, inaccurate attacks, some truly disturbing.
But if that same honesty assessment barometer is employed, it will show that the hostility and tactics directed at anyone in the Trump family has been dialed up to frightening and dangerous new levels.
On a regular basis, various “celebrities” such as Kathy Griffin, Alec Baldwin, Robert De Niro, Bette Midler, Madonna, Barbra Streisand, George Lopez, Snoop Dogg, Johnny Depp, Tom Arnold — well, you get the idea — issue threats or make assassination “jokes” aimed at President Trump, occasionally folding in someone from his family. People regularly heckle Donald Trump Jr. in public. Ivanka Trump and her children were confronted on a plane and then stalked through the airport terminal. Jared Kushner was targeted with credible death threats. A waitress spit on Eric Trump while he was having dinner at a restaurant.