Donald Trump is the Twitter king of the country. His tweets range from sharply critical, to intentionally cruel, to incoherent. That is why it was so surprising his wife, Melania Trump, selected cyberbullying as her chosen effort as first lady, and more astonishing what she is doing about it.
The president’s wife has planned a “cyberbullying summit” and invited the nation’s tech leaders, according to CNN. Still, New Day hosts Christie Paul and Victor Blackwell wanted to balance the good news with a reminder about her husband’s Twitter bombs.
Paul explained what was up:
‘Next week, First Lady Melania Trump is hosting a gathering at the White House where she will speak with social media executives about helping to prevent cyberbullying and expected to talk to them what they have done to combat online harassment.’
Then, CNN correspondent Kate Bennett noted that Melania Trump had been laying low since news about her husband’s affair with the porn star, Stormy Daniels, hit the public. Bennett said that the first lady’s tech summit on cyberbullying was a sort of “coming out.”
Paul paused the segment to introduce an onscreen graphic with a long list of Trump Twitter insults and bullying. and she continued:
‘Let’s take a look at a list here that has been compiled by Victor doing his research of insults that the president has used via Twitter. It goes on and on. With that said, people — a lot of people view him as being guilty of online bullying. What is Melania’s Trump influence at this meeting given what we see from her husband?’
Bennett continued that the first lady “doesn’t care:”
‘Melania Trump’s office has said to me, when I asked about her about her tackling a topic of cyberbullying is flying in the face of her husband, and her office says she doesn’t care. Nothing about what she is doing that really is cohesive with the president in terms of her messaging and that is fine with her as she is independent.’
Last September, the first lady spoke to world leaders’ spouses at an U.S. Mission to the United Nations luncheon. She said she would reach out to tech leaders as part of her plan, according to CNN:
‘No children should ever feel hungry, stalked, frightened, terrorized, bullied, isolated or afraid with nowhere to turn. I’m asking leaders on social media whose target market for their products and platforms is children, as well as community and educational leaders, to join me in this fight for the hopes and dreams of our children.’
Later, Melania Trump held a White House luncheon for the spouses of U.S. governors at a White House. The first lady told the spouses that combating “negative social media interactions” was a top priority during her time in the people’s house:
‘It is important that, as adults, we take the lead and the responsibility in helping our children manage the many issues they are facing today. This means encouraging positive habits with social media and technology; even limiting time online and understanding the content they are exposed to on a daily basis.’
Then, Mrs. Trump asked the spouses to:
‘Join me today and commit to promoting values such as encouragement, kindness, compassion, and respect in our children.’
Communications Director Stephanie Grisham told CNN.Grisham told CNN:
‘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.’
Check out the CNN video about Melania Trump’s cause below:
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