In an exclusive interview with ABC News, Melania Trump—third wife of President Donald Trump—revealed why she began her “Be Best” campaign to address cyber bullying. ABC News filmed the interview in Africa during her first solo international trip as First Lady.
Contrary to the assumptions of many, the FLOTUS’ pet project did not arise from problems she saw with children being bullied on social media. Social media bullying contributes to the suicides of children throughout the United States.
Instead of child welfare, Trump stated her inspiration came from herself being the “most bullied person on the world.”
The FLOTUS added her program hoped to teach children how to behave so they would know to not bully others when they are adults. Melania Trump stated:
“We need to educate the children of social emotional behavior so when they grow up and they know how to deal with those issues.”
“I could say I’m the most bullied person on the world”: First lady Melania Trump claims she is among the most bullied people in the world, which has led her to create her anti-bullying “Be Best” initiative https://t.co/m67oHNI9vk pic.twitter.com/WIgCW7XhOL
— CNN (@CNN) October 11, 2018
Watch the first ladies comments to ABC News Chief National Affairs Correspondent Tom Llamas here.
EXCLUSIVE: First lady Melania Trump says her “Be Best” policy platform targeting online bullies is personal. “I could say that I’m the most bullied person in the world,” she tells ABC. https://t.co/iiEv5Z3ijv pic.twitter.com/CWZ7g9by27
— ABC News (@ABC) October 11, 2018
The fact First Lady Melania Trump’s “Be Best” campaign revolved around ensuring children learned not to bully adults like her, instead of other children, drew criticism online.
So…. this is the reason for the online bullying campaign. Not stories about kids being bullied, not all the social media shaming going on…. her own personal “bullying”.
This says so much.
— Shannon M. (@Shannonydm40) October 11, 2018
It really does. It really really does. She said so herself that she doesn’t really care about the kids getting bullied at school, or the kids locked in cages at her husband’s detention centers. It’s all about her.
— Rabid Angel (@b425f3137ef04b6) October 11, 2018
Is anyone that surprised? She’s part of a family who’s mantra is ME ME ME! Disgraceful. How could people be so fooled? Because @POTUS is borrowing left, right & centre to fund MAGA – guess what? No such thing as a free lunch. Wait till the loans are called in-you’ll be bankrupt
— anihatj (@anihatj) October 11, 2018
It’s all about Melania. Bless her heart. She doesn’t have a clue.
— Mary Lou Ullrick (@mcf0717) October 11, 2018
So #bebest is abt her. The entire family is self absorbed.
— 2sense (@2incensed) October 11, 2018
Why do the Trumps make everything about themselves??
— DavidC ☕️ (@motheradamplay) October 11, 2018
Narcissism at its worst. It is about them every minute of every day
— Deb Schadlick (@catemegbob) October 11, 2018
— Lynda Fright-Wright (@BroncoBaby10) October 11, 2018
Some brought up the First Lady’s recent comments about sexual assault victims.
Sorry, Melania, but I’m gonna need you to provide some proof and evidence before I can believe you. Otherwise, I’m gonna need you to pipe down before you ruin someone’s future with false claims. 🙄
— Bobbi J White (@bb_whit) October 11, 2018
A few made the distinction between bullying and getting backlash for poor personal choices, like demanding to see President Barack Obama’s birth certificate or wearing a jacket that says “I don’t really care, do you?” when going to see children separated from their parents being held in detention facilities.
Melania Trump Asks To See Barack Obama’s Birth Certificate – Supported Birther Movementhttps://t.co/2wmBiLItgq
— Angela VOTE ON NOV 6TH (@AdavisWilliams) October 11, 2018
Birtherism disgusts me to no end. Let’s keep reminding people that Melania and her husband were a part of it.
— Color Me Purple (@ColorMePurple7) October 11, 2018
Please, this lady completely backs her husband’s ugly agenda and she positions herself for negative feedback. Like stealing Michelle Obama’s speech, wearing that disgraceful jacket, using those terrible talking points. Must I go on…
— Keith Rich (@keithmr1) October 11, 2018
While others took exception to the Flotus’ characterization of her own situation.