Wellllll, two reasons, not counting the obvious one that she’s naturally more protective of her son than she is of some Swedish teenager. One: Barron avoids the public spotlight whereas Thunberg … does not, to put it very, very mildly. The cynical calculation in making her the face of a political movement is that although she behaves like an adult activist in every meaningful way she can’t be ridiculed the way an adult activist might be without it coming off as bullying. She’s both sword and shield, a political figure willing and able to rhetorically flay her opponents who nonetheless can’t be mocked even lightly by adults without causing (or seeming to cause) grave offense. I mean, really:
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) December 12, 2019
Maybe Melania’s as annoyed as everyone else by the left’s St. Greta game and thinks the criticism of Trump in this case is better directed at the adults around Thunberg who are exploiting her.