Melania Trump calls for social media users to stop cyberbullying

Emmett Rice
August 21, 2018

"Let's face it", she said.

"I launched my Be Best campaign in May, with a focus on the many issues facing children today - one of them being the safe and responsible use of social media", said the first lady.

The first lady said she has been particularly impressed by Microsoft's Council for Digital Good, which is aimed at encouraging children to share ideas about positive online habits. "It can be used in many positive ways, but can also be destructive and harmful when used incorrectly".

While her remarks focused on children, many journalists couldn't help but bring up the irony of the moment.

Regardless of whether this was intended as a sick subtweet at her husband, the President and patron saint of using his huge global platform to channel the bully from Sandlot, people on Twitter have been going to town roasting the First Lady's hypocritical campaign.

Mrs. Trump gave a speech warning about the consequences of ganging up on children online, knowing she would be opening herself up to charges of hypocrisy from critics of President Trump's badgering of adults on Twitter.

Melania Trump speaks at the FPBP Summit on cyberbullying in Maryland on August 20, 2018.

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As the first lady participated in the summit, President Trump spent part of his Monday morning firing off a series of tweets in which he blasted special counsel Robert Mueller as "disgraced and discredited" and also labeled former CIA director John Brennan, whose security clearance he revoked last week, as "the worst CIA Director in our country's history". She is well aware of the criticism, but that will not deter her from doing what she feels is right.

She thanked them for their efforts to prevent cyberbullying and urged them to listen to children's views on the issue.

First lady Melania Trump delivers remarks during a Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention summit at the Health Resources and Service Administration Monday in Rockville, Md.

And days ago, Trump called former White House official Omarosa Manigault Newman a "dog" and a "crazed, crying lowlife" who begged him for a job.

The first lady's audience Monday included representatives of social media companies, federal agencies, educational organizations, youth programs and law enforcement.

"By listening to children's ideas and concerns, I believe adults will be better able to help them navigate this often-difficult topic", she added. He said one in five children experience bullying, and that 16 per cent of children now are victims of cyberbullying.

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