Baron is Trump’s ten year old son with Melania. We’ve seen more pictures of him in conjunction with inaugural events. The boy doesn’t seem to speak — but then the older Trump offspring don’t either, during official events. They stand perfectly coiffed and attired around their father, looking on adoringly.
Here’s the thing: have you ever seen Trump touch the boy, put an arm around his shoulders, tousle his hair, hug him, whisper anything in his ear — in short, show any sign there’s a relationship here? I’m thinking of the contrast with President and Mrs. Obama when they and their then-little girls came out in 2008 in Chicago to acknowledge his election victory. Each parent held the hand of one of the girls. Over eight years, there have been lots of affectionate photos showing the Obamas and their girls — laughing, teasing, hugging, eating ice cream cones, playing with their dog, simply talking, one family member to another. On election eve in 2008, before it was clear who won, I even saw a photo of Barack Obama sitting on the couch with his mother-in-law, who was holding his hand. I wonder if Trump even knows his mother-in-law?
As I’ve said before, I don’t think Trump has any real friends. He has acolytes and hangers-on, more so now that he is president. Power is very seductive. But friends? I don’t think so. He’s had three wives — no comment there. He has adult offspring and a son-in-law whose loyalty to him is apparently total and unquestioning. But he doesn’t seem to have any real relationships. I don’t need any more evidence to think that he is a reprehensible person, but his lack of any substantive ability to enter into relationships — whipping a crowd into a frenzy during a rally is not the same thing — is deeply worrisome.