Poised and professional, First Lady Melania Trump waded into tense territory to speak with representatives from social media companies and government agencies at the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention (FPBP) Cyberbullying Prevention Summit in Maryland.
As FLOTUS seriously discussed the pros and cons of Twitter, Facebook, and Google, “Let’s face it, most children are more aware of the benefits and pitfalls of social media than some adults,” POTUS snarked out tweets against “disgraced and discredited” Robert Mueller and “the worst CIA Director in our country’s history,” John Brennan.
Proving Melania’s remarks to be spot on.
As a component of the first lady’s “Be Best” campaign that focuses on children’s overall welfare, the cyber-bullying summit was a productive event for the cause.
But the irony was not lost on either Trump supporters or detractors.
The Exasperating Tweeter
As the Tweeter-in-chief is said to use the platform to speak directly to his base camp – circumventing the bias of legacy media outlets – he, at inopportune moments, tends to blurt out his frustrations without attaching a filter.
Recently, he referred to former staffer, Omarosa Manigault-Newman as “whacky” and a “dog,” which sent the lefty-loonies into Exorcist-style hysterics, spinning heads and spewing bile, as they attempted to qualify which specific phobia was in use.
The Clinton News Network (CNN) trotted out Veronica Stracqualursi, who opined that Trump was “at best a sharp departure from the language typically employed by presidents, and at worst a reference that traffics in sexual and racial imagery.”
How does calling someone a dog conjure sexual and racial images? I am not sure I will investigate that claim much further. Ugg.
But, there is more to the CNN story.
The lowest rated cable news station is said to be in dodge and weave mode as Don Lemon apparently declined to host Omarosa and CNN canceled a scheduled appearance with Jake Tapper. Perhaps Ms. Manigault-Newman has other explosive details from her Clinton-Gore days that need a quiet burial, or maybe no one can stand her personality for ten solid minutes.
Just ask NBC, who was rounded up, stunned, and left battered and confused as if the former White House staffer had lobbed a concussion grenade as she sashayed out of the studio.
Despite Melania’s husband steering into the ditch of public opinion with outrageous tweets and rumble tactics, she herself has risen above the fray and continues to promote her kinder and more controlled agenda.
Calm Within a Maelstrom
The first lady has acknowledged time and again that she admonishes her husband on occasion for his brusque, take-no-prisoners-style of Twitter battle. Her communication style is markedly different. Whereas he is blunt, she is elegant. As he has a flair for the dramatic, Melania is all class and charm. It is an interesting and seemingly successful partnership.
And in an environment dominated by a man who wants the best for a bruised nation – regardless of whose feelings are hurt – Melania Trump is a stark and welcome contrast.
Her lack of control over her husband is used against her as if other first ladies ran the country with their husbands as front men, which continues to spark ridiculous rumors and innuendo. But she dismisses the naysayers and carries on. She is an independent woman no matter that she is married to the leader of the free world and a breath of fresh air on the political scene.
As her spokesperson, Stephanie Grishman, explains, “She is aware of the criticism but it will not deter her from doing what she feels is right. The President is proud of her commitment to children and encourages her in all that she does.”
As adversaries and downright dangerous enemies of the Trump administration are relentless in their vicious attacks, First Lady Melania has weathered the tumultuous attacks, from without and within the White House, with grace and sensibility. Her campaign to educate children on the perils of cyber-bullying has critics rubbing palms together, cackling evilly, and drooling with anticipation of childishly slinging arrows at the Trump administration.
But they must remember that Trump swept the country in 2016 because he is the bully-in-chief. Melania is a soft, intelligent, calming spirit to the maelstrom that is her husband.
Spiteful and nasty assaults by the left leave the silent majority firmly in camp Trump. Naysayers, still sore over their criminal candidate losing, are obviously too bitter to witness the strength, independence, and good nature of a woman who can and will do much for her beloved country. All Americans should be proud of her – whether they love The Donald or not.