This week, Donald Trump has taken to Twitter to attack the widow of a fallen soldier, a Florida Democratic Congresswoman defending that widow, and the nation’s mainstream media outlets as a whole — and it’s only Monday.
With the Trumps never having been keen on logical consistency, while her husband is attacking various interests on Twitter, Melania Trump will be taking an abruptly announced trip to a Detroit, Michigan, middle school Monday in support of an anti-bullying program known as “#NoOneEatsAlone.”
The program itself is commendable, seeking to remind young students that no one deserves to be left alone at lunchtime. Melania, while at this middle school, will be offering brief remarks to students before joining them at lunch as a part of a “No One Eats Alone Day” program.
The first lady’s communications director, Stephanie Grisham, explained what brought her to Michigan, saying:
‘In doing research for her platform, the first lady learned of #NoOneEatsAlone. She wants to talk to kids about the importance of being inclusive and the negative effects of social isolation. This kind of activity also fosters integrity and leadership in young kids.’
Although Melania has yet to make any major program pushes, she has long spoken of wanting to address childhood bullying in her role as the nation’s first lady. She did so while addressing the United Nations earlier this fall, telling the UNGA in part, as follows:
‘Together, we must acknowledge that all too often it is the weakest, most innocent and vulnerable among us — our children — who ultimately suffer the most from the challenges that plague our societies… And as we all know, the future of every nation rests with the promise of their young people.’
It’s ironic for Melania to speak of protecting young people from the “challenges that plague our societies” while her husband’s actions make children more vulnerable to these challenges. It’s not just his cyberbullying that’s a problem; among other things, he has planned draconian cuts to the nation’s health care system, something that could have serious trickle down effects on this nation’s children.
Melania’s communications director addressed the apparent discrepancy between her and her husband’s work, almost making it seem like the first lady is acutely aware of her husband’s belligerence.
‘Mrs. Trump is independent and acts independently from her husband. She does what she feels is right, and knows that she has a real opportunity through her role as first lady to have a positive impact on the lives of children. Her only focus is to effect change within our next generation.’
Although Melania’s spokesperson says Melania is “independent” of her husband, she insists that the president “is supportive of all that Mrs. Trump does.”
Perhaps Melania is trying to ensure that the next generation of Americans doesn’t gravitate towards her husband’s positions.
In the nine or so months that she has been first lady, she has only made four solo trips, and this Monday trip to Michigan is the first meant to address the issue of childhood bullying, something she has said for some time she was planning on doing.
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