Projection? Every time a Trump accuses someone of doing a thing, we find out the Trump has actually done the thing. It is no different with cyber bullying.
During her interview Monday with Anderson Cooper, Melania Trump asserted as First Lady she would combat Cyber Bullying as her personal project.
How does one even respond to that? It is about as ludicrous as declaring a war on conspiracy theories, or ending racism. It’s whiplash-inducing.
If you are truly serious about this, you have to start at home. First, Melania, please remove your husband from Twitter. He IS the poster child of a cyber bully. His entire feed is a lesson in what not to do. For example:
The very foul mouthed Sen. John McCain begged for my support during his primary (I gave, he won), then dropped me over locker room remarks!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 11, 2016
Did Crooked Hillary help disgusting (check out sex tape and past) Alicia M become a U.S. citizen so she could use her in the debate?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2016
Of course there are many more examples, but the point is made.
Melania also saidshe is worried about their 10-year-old son Barron, that he “would be exposed to tough talk on Twitter and other social media platforms.” So, what is a 10-year-old doing on social media? And is he allowed to follow his father? There are so many things wrong with this.
Perhaps to prove the point, earlier that same day, Trump tweeted attacks on Paul Ryan and Hillary Clinton, and he claimed the “dishonest” media was conspiring against him…again.
This sudden concern over cyber bullying is especially hypocritical considering what happened with a journalist earlier this year. Julia Ioffe wrote an article for GQ about Melania and her background, including her family in Slovenia, and her half-brother no one previously knew she had. The article enraged Donald so much, he posted about it. Almost immediately, Ioffe was subjected to a litany of threats, especially from a coordinated attack by an anti-Semitic hate site.
Melania was asked to repudiate this behavior, to denounce cyber bullying, and this was her response:
Of the GQ article, Melania says: “I have thick skin. It doesn’t bother me if they write about me because I know who I am. But what right does the reporter have to go and dig in court in Slovenia in 1960 about my parents? They’re private citizens. If they go after me, it’s different. But to do that, it’s a little bit nasty, it’s a little bit mean.” So if people put a swastika on my face once this article comes out, will she denounce them?
“I don’t control my fans,” Melania says, “but I don’t agree with what they’re doing. I understand what you mean, but there are people out there who maybe went too far. She provoked them.”
That does not sound like the ideal spokesperson for an anti cyber bullying initiative.