By Philip J. Noble 11/6/16
During a campaign speech in support of her husband, Melania Trump stated that her first priority as first lady would be to combat cyberbullying.
Speaking on the subject, she said “We need to teach our youth American values: Kindness, honesty, respect, compassion, charity, understanding cooperation.” She lamented that “Our culture has gotten top mean and too rough, especially to children and teenagers.” She expressed special concern for children who were “fragile”. She continued, saying “We have to find a better way to talk to each other, to disagree with each other, to respect each other.”
Mrs. Trump made these remarks despite her husband’s infamous Twitter presence, where he often openly mocks his opponents, their supporters and their families. His attacks include calling attention to the height of his primary opponent Marco Rubio, saying he “looked like a little boy on stage.”
Some of Trump’s most-criticized tweets include his comments about various women, including calling Fox News host Megyn Kelly a “bimbo”, and calling Arianna Huffington “unattractive inside and out.”
One of Trump’s most high profile incidents involved 1996’s Miss Universe, Alicia Machado. After Hillary Clinton brought up previous remarks about her by Trump during the first presidential debate, Trump tweeted that she was “disgusting” and alleged, without evidence, that she had appeared in a sex tape.
Melania Trump’s remarks on cyber bullying made no mention of her husband’s online habits.