Veteran actor and conservative James Woods was spot on when he predicted that “if the Trumps were Democrats, Melania would be on every cover of every chic women’s magazine in the world every month.”
But First Lady Melania Trump is no liberal lapdog, which explains why the mainstream media has responded to news that she will be attending a cyberbullying summit next week with unrepentant slander and character assassination.
Melania will travel to Rockville, MD, on Monday to attend the scheduled summit. According to White House communications staff, the first lady will be “addressing the positive and negative effects of social media on youth” during a brief speech.
But Melania’s most lasting contributions are expected to come during a live panel discussion featuring representatives from major social media outlets across the industry. The first lady was invited to the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Summit following the announcement of her “Be Best” initiative, which focuses on improving children’s well-being and social media use, and fighting opioid abuse.
Since announcing her well-intentioned initiative, however, the liberal flunkies who work as mainstream reporters inside the beltway have been nothing but cruel and demeaning. Katy Waldman of the New Yorker ridiculed the “The Childlike Strangeness of Melania Trump’s ‘Be Best’ Campaign,” and reduced the first lady to “the creepy, objectified opacity of a doll, or a robot.”
The irony behind objectifying Trump’s appearance and throwing juvenile taunts her way while simultaneously describing her efforts to stop bullying is lost on the tone-deaf press.
And yet, the media has no problem exposing the irony between the first lady’s anti-bullying campaign and her husband’s aggressive rhetoric, noting: “The first lady is set to make an appearance at the cyberbullying summit just days after President Trump ratcheted up his rhetoric on social media against former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman.”
Newsweek, like dozens of other publications, made the same observation, writing: “Two days prior to Melania Trump’s [cyberbullying summit] plans being unveiled, the president used Twitter to bash Manigault Newman.”
Sticks and stones
Still, many on the right have argued that bullying is a term that, by definition, does not apply to adults. Melania’s “Be Best” campaign is meant to target teens and adolescents — young people who have not emotionally developed and are vulnerable to derogatory words and name-calling.
By the time people reach adulthood, they are supposed to have developed the social skills necessary to contend with personalities ranging from rude and condescending to overly assertive. Doesn’t the timeless proverb, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me,” confirm this?
Like much of the English language, however, social progressives have hijacked the term and assigned politically correct properties to “bullying.”
Nowadays, when President Trump fires negligent employees, he is being a bully. When he applies tariffs to our trading partners, he is being a bully. In fact, any action short of a multinational “apology tour” is an act of bullying from this president, according to the left.
The high road
Melania Trump, at least, has been able to turn the other cheek.
“I’m well aware that people are skeptical of me discussing this topic. I have been criticized by many for my commitment to tackling this issue, and I know that will continue,” she said in March.
“But it will not stop me from doing what I know is right,” she insisted. “I’m here with one goal: helping children in our next generation.”