Melania Trump, like her husband, is not so great with words.
If that sounds like a dig at the fact that English is not her first language, it’s not. She has, however, notoriously plagiarized on more than one occasion from the Obamas.
Yesterday, she continued that pattern when she unveiled her lackluster #BeBest campaign, which was quickly slammed across the internet for its blatant hypocrisy as her husband continued to tweet about witch hunts and promulgated his dangerous exit from the Iran nuclear deal from a White House toilet.
After the initial disappointment of her first major initiative as First Lady dissipated, critics looked a bit more closely at the details of the new campaign and noticed something strangely familiar. With a little research, it was discovered that Trump’s third wife once again stole from her predecessor, slapping her campaign’s branding on a 2009 book on internet safety released under the Obama administration.
Unlike her husband, Melania did not respond to the criticism as it erupted yesterday. She chose instead to respond by proxy, through her personal communications director.
The second paragraph in particular should be enough to prove to everyone who suddenly seems to love Melania that she really is no different than her husband, when her spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham called out the “opposition media” for leveling criticism against Melania.
The full text of the press release made available by The Washington Post included below:
“Yesterday, First Lady Melania Trump unveiled Be Best, her initiative meant to support children and the many issues they are facing today.
After giving a strong speech that was met with a standing ovation and positive feedback, the focus from opposition media has been on an educational booklet, “Talking with Kids About Being Online” produced by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in 2009. Mrs. Trump agreed to add Be Best branding and distribute the booklet in an effort to use her platform to amplify the positive message within. As she said in yesterday’s speech, she is going to use Be Best to promote people and organizations to encourage conversation and replication, and helping the FTC distribute this booklet is just one small example.
Despite providing countless outlets with ample background, information, and on-the-record comments from the FTC, some media have chosen to take a day meant to promote kindness and positive efforts on behalf of children, to instead lob baseless accusations towards the First Lady and her new initiatives.
As stated by Nathaniel Wood, Consumer and Business Education Division Associate Director, FTC, “We frequently work with members of Congress, the White House, other government agencies, and the private sector. As a small and independent civil law enforcement agency, the FTC encourages our partners to help spread our message to consumers. We were excited that Mrs. Trump distributed this important information about staying safe online. We look forward to continuing to work with her and others to help parents and children use the Internet safely and responsibly.”
Our office will continue to focus on helping children and I encourage members of the media to attempt to Be Best in their own professions, and focus on some of the children and programs Mrs. Trump highlighted in her remarks yesterday.”
If all of this is true, and #BeBest is truly part of a collaborative effort to build on past efforts to make our country better, why not acknowledge that?
The answer is simple: in spite of suggestions to the contrary, Melania hates her predecessors as much as her husband does. Whether that it of her own accord or a learned behavior from her boorish husband remains unclear, but it is the truth nonetheless.