On Monday, first lady Melania Trump unveiled her platform that focuses on helping children to deal with opioid abuse, social media, and general well-being. FLOTUS has finally joined the ranks of other first ladies who historically have put their stamp on their husband’s presidencies with pet projects.
Announcing her “Be Best” initiatives from the White house rose Garden, Melania was joined by President Trump and other worthies as she laid out exactly what areas she hoped to tackle.
In essence, FLOTUS hopes to highlight and tackle issues that relate to the general well-being of children; focusing primarily on the “positive” use of social media and dealing with opioid culture. She said of her campaign that:
“(It) will focus on addressing the well-being of children, social media use, and opioid abuse… We can and should be best at educating our children about the importance of a healthy and balanced life,”
When talking about how social media can be used either positively or negatively, she stated that:
“Too often it’s used in negative ways. When children learn positive online behaviors early on, social media can be used in productive ways and can affect positive change.”
As well as looking at ways to make social media a more positive experience for children, she also plans to take on the ever-growing opioid crisis.
Mrs. Trump intends to help educate mothers and raise awareness of neonatal abstinence syndrome, which is impacting a larger percent of the population year on year. It is a syndrome that seriously damages newborns and occurs because of drug use during pregnancy; it has also been named in numerous studies to have educational and developmental impacts later in life.
And the Scandal?
No gathering of people with the name Trump would be complete without the media-mandated “scandal.” This time, it relates to a booklet released on behalf of FLOTUS that covers positive online practices for children. The left-leaning news sources have begun using the word “plagiarism” in eager readiness.
The booklet apparently uses some of the same images and language that was used in a 2014 release. In fact, it is claimed that most of it is exactly the same.
Why wouldn’t it be?
Melania did not claim to write a book on this topic. She is using materials provided by the White House staff that, presumably, was well-researched and prepared in the first place. Adding a foreword to a booklet that is produced by the U.S. government is not, in any reasonable sense, an act of plagiarism; especially when that booklet is provided to you by the aforementioned government!
It seems that the left is unwilling to run a single positive (or even neutral) story on the Trumps if they cannot have their pound of scandalous flesh along the way. Perhaps it would help them to take a word of advice or two from Melania’s booklet (whoever wrote it), and start looking at ways to make a positive contribution to both social AND news media.