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She wants to help solve cyberbullying. Yes, you read that right. The wife of Donald Trump wants to get rid of online trash-talking.
“Technology has changed our universe,” she said. “But like anything that is powerful, it can have a bad side. We have seen this already. As adults, many of us are able to handle mean words—even lies. Children and teenagers can be fragile. They hurt when they are made fun of or made to feel less in looks or intelligence. This makes their life hard and forces them to hide and retreat. Our culture has gotten too mean and too rough, especially to children and to teenagers.
“It is never OK when a 12-year-old girl or boy is mocked, bullied or attacked. It is terrible when that happens on the playground, and it is absolutely unacceptable when done by someone with no name hiding on the internet. We have to find a better way to talk to each other, to disagree with each other, to respect each other.”
The last time she spoke to her husband’s supporters, Melania Trump was ridiculed for pulling parts of her Republican National Convention speech directly from a speech once given by First Lady Michelle Obama. This time, the online response wasn’t much better, particularly because of her husband’s expertise at trashing rivals through his Twitter account. (If you need a refresher, the New York Times recently wrote about the 282 times Trump has trashed on Twitter a person, place, or thing.)
I’m sorry, Melania Trump is lecturing us on how social media is being used to bully people? Is this inception? Where’s my fucking totem?
— Scott Kurtz (@pvponline) November 3, 2016
Melania Trump is decrying how mean and petty society has become – has she met her husband?
— Montel Williams (@Montel_Williams) November 3, 2016
Melania Trump made a very effective case for a president who is not her husband.
— Amanda Terkel (@aterkel) November 3, 2016
As for the Trump campaign’s response to possible backlash to Melania Trump’s apparently non-ironic speech?
They don’t seem too worried about it.
Josh Katzowitz is a staff writer at the Daily Dot specializing in YouTube and boxing. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A longtime sports writer, he's covered the NFL for CBSSports.com and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.