'She's married to the biggest bully on the planet. Her silence about his bullying condones his actions.'
Words by Jadie Troy-Pryde
While Donald Trump was on the campaign trail, his wife, Melania, promised that as the First Lady she would do all she could to help fight cyber-bulling.
‘Our culture has gotten too mean and too violent,’ she told a rally crowd before becoming a fixture in The White House.
‘It is never OK when a 12-year-old girl or boy is mocked, bullied or attacked. It is terrible when that happens on the playground and it is unacceptable when it’s done by someone with no name hiding on the internet.’
While it seemed she had lost passion for the cause – instead revealing she was focusing her efforts on the fight against drug use and opoids – this week Melania gave a rousing speech about bullying in an address to the UN.
‘We must teach each child the values of empathy and communication that are at the core of kindness, mindfulness, integrity, and leadership, which can only be taught by example. By our own example, we must teach children to be good stewards of the world they will inherit,’ she said.
‘We must remember that they are watching and listening, so we must never miss an opportunity to teach life’s many ethical lessons along the way. As adults, we are not merely responsible: We are accountable.’
However, many are accusing Melania of being a hypocrite following the speech in light of her husband, Donald Trump’s, behaviour. He has intimidated, mocked and barged his way through the last nine months of his presidency, and Twitter was dumbfounded by what Melania was preaching.
‘Melania Trump’s “Fight Against Cyber Bullying’ is ironic. Her husband is a huge bully & she peddled his birtherism lies on TV. Sad & Unift,’ one user wrote.
‘Melania Trump is condemning bullying when she sleeps with the biggest bully of all. Oh the irony,’ wrote another.
Melania’s speech continued: ‘I hope you will join me in committing ourselves to teaching the next generation to live by and honour the golden rule. We must turn our focus right now to the message and content they are exposed to on a daily basis through social media, the bullying they experience online and in person, and the growing glowing epidemic of drug addiction and drug overdose.’