From attacking the “fake news media” to making troubling official declarations, President Trump’s tweets are almost always problematic. In a different way, first lady Melania Trump’s tweets are equally bad.
While Trump provides live commentary on what he watches on Fox News, it almost seems as if Melania isn’t even aware of what’s going on in the world when she shares shallow messages — many of them about national holidays — with her followers.
For example, on Wednesday morning, less than 24 hours after her husband decided to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the first lady chose to post the following tweet about National Read a Book Day:
‘On National #ReadABookDay I encourage everyone to read a book. Let every page educate you & take you on an exciting journey!’
There is, of course, nothing wrong with the first lady using her social media presence to promote literacy. At the same time, in light of all that’s going on in the U.S. — from the DACA rescission to two hurricanes and massive wildfires — many people commented on Melania’s tweet and implied that she should have either shared a message with a little more depth or not shared anything at all.
Plenty of others also responded to the tweet with jokes about reading material that might be appropriate for Melania and President Trump. The list of suggestions included the Constitution, English for Dummies, The Cat in the Hat, and How to be President.
The commenters shown above were right to suggest that President Trump pick up a book. The chances of that happening are slim, though. During his campaign, Trump revealed that, in addition to having never read a biography of a former president, he rarely reads books at all because he doesn’t have the time.
Trump also hasn’t made an effort to read more since he took office. Instead, he has insisted on short briefings — ideally limited to just a single page — with lots of bullet points, pictures, and graphics.
It seems safe to say that President Trump will not be reading anything longer or more complicated than a Breitbart article today, and the jury’s still out on whether or not Melania will accept her own challenge.
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