Melania Trump says people should be nicer to each other on social media. Her husband is Donald Trump. Melania gave a rare speech in Pennsylvania this week that amounted to “won’t somebody pleeease think of the children?” as she spoke about her plan as First Lady to protect kids from the “mean and rough” culture of social media. No, she didn’t once point out the irony of trolling her husband whilst taking a stand against cyber bullying, but thankfully the internet was happy to do all the pointing for her before she had even finished speaking.
For those of you who have been busy protecting the Sanctums in an alternate universe, Donald Trump is the Regina George of Twitter, notorious for attacking others via social media throughout his 2016 presidential campaign. Bimbo, nasty woman, fat, dog and slob are just some of the names Trump has thrown at women when he’s not too busy trying to grope them. According to the New York Times, Trump offended 282 people and groups on Twitter, and this week Trump’s staff even banned him from social media in an attempt to keep him on message during the final days of the campaign. And while Melania’s message about family values is admirable in its intent, it’s unclear whether it will resonate with voters given the messenger.
Melania, despite being very popular among her husband’s supporters, has been scarce on the TrumpTrain trail, mostly thanks to her widely mocked convention speech which plagiarized passages from a previous Michelle Obama speech. Since then, Melania only returned briefly to the spotlight to defend her husband’s “boy talk” after sexual assault allegations began flying. Just days away from the election, and with Trump's dismal polls among women proving problematic, Melania has joined the campaign again in crucial swing states. This time around, Melania’s words were her own, but ironically her message is straight out of Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama’s strategy playbook against Trump, and the subject of many Democratic stump speeches and multiple Clinton attack ads. Maybe someone should tell Melania that charity begins at home.
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