First Lady Melania Trump is seen as a radiant figure at the White House and undoubtedly brings a certain grace to the Trump administration.
She is fashionable and often steals the show during pressers with her husband, who she regularly joins on international tours.
Melania has garnered fandom on both sides of the aisle, but she has enemies too — perhaps more than she has previously let on.
During an interview with ABC News, the first lady shared that her “Be Best” campaign, which focuses on ending online bullying, is especially important to her because she is “one of the most bullied people in the world.”
“What is it about social media, because I remember you talking about this during the campaign. What happened to you personally, or what did you see personally, that you thought you wanted to tackle this issue?” she was asked by ABC News Chief National Affairs Correspondent Tom Llamas.
“I could say that I’m the most bullied person in the world,” Trump answered.
She was then pressed to clarify what she meant by the comment and responded that she was “one of them [the most bullied] — if you really see what people are saying about me.”
Has the leftist hate for President Trump extended so far that it affects the first lady? Unfortunately, it seems that is the case.
Llamas pressed, “You’re an adult. You say you’re strong. Have you thought about, what would this do to a child? To my son? To other children?”
“That’s why I, you know, my ‘Be Best’ initiative is focusing on social media and online behavior,” Trump responded. “We need to educate the children of social-emotional behavior so when they grow up and they know how to deal with those issues. That’s very important. Also with opioid abuse. We have a big crisis in the United States.”
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/9jzGiHoBDz pic.twitter.com/k2vwyWaErB
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) October 11, 2018
And, as a sort of cruel irony, some people online resorted to bullying Melania and saying distasteful things in response to her sad confession.
“That’s cute,” remarked one user and another accused her of “playing the victim card.”
Here’s a sample:
That’s cute. pic.twitter.com/dH42YecASY
— Brooke Eyre 🦅 (@brookied820) October 11, 2018
prove it. where’s the evidence
— robert schmid (@bearshouse10) October 11, 2018
Delusional much ? Good grief.
— Alan Platt (@oldawg55) October 11, 2018
Most bullied? I really don’t care, do you?
— Rachel HeyGirlField (@Heygirlfield) October 11, 2018
Llamas later appeared on “Good Morning America” where he reminded that the first lady is new to politics and went from the celebrity life and was thrust into the divisive and often-vicious political arena.
Here’s more on Melania, from Washington Examiner:
Trump launched her Be Best initiative in May to focus on the social and emotional well-being of children, especially when it comes to social media, cyberbullying, and online behavior.
According to the interviewer, Tom Llamas, the First Lady told him that she is chronically harassed online, even when she is trying to do charitable acts.
When asked if she is looking forward to possibly facing six more years as First Lady, Trump said she is enjoying her time in Washington, D.C., and living in the White House.
.@FLOTUS tells @TomLlamasABC in exclusive interview that she believes she is “one of the most bullied people in the world” – and it motivated her to take on cyberbullying. https://t.co/ThbxXWAhEk pic.twitter.com/lJ0wlxxTqe
— Good Morning America (@GMA) October 11, 2018