In what could possibly be described as the height of irony, Melania Trump announced she will fight cyberbullying if she becomes First Lady.
“Our culture has gotten too mean and too rough especially to children and teenagers,” she told a crowd Thursday in Berwyn, Pennsylvania, outside Philadelphia, in her first public speech since the Republican Convention in July. “I do worry about all of our children. As we know, now social media is the centerpiece of our lives.”
Melania did not mention her own husband’s well-documented Twitter attacks on individuals over the years.
“It can be a useful tool for connection and communication,” Mrs. Trump continued. “But like anything that is powerful, it can have a bad side. We have seen this already.”
Melania Trump went on to say that, “As adults, many of use are able to handle mean words, even lies. Children and teenagers can be fragile.”
Donald Trump engaged in an endless barrage of Twitter battles with opponents and celebrities, including Rosie O’Donnell, Megyn Kelly, Ted Cruz, Hillary Clinton, Marco Rubio and former Miss Universe Alicia Machado to name a few.
The irony wasn’t lost on many in the media who were listening to the speech. CNN’s chief political correspondent Dana Bash said: “I kept thinking, ‘Have you met Donald Trump?’”
Daily Mail reporter Khaled Rahman tweeted: “Trump wants to make social media safe. All she has to do is delete her husband’s Twitter – and the job is 99% done.”
Activist and former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe tweeted: “Melania Trump could solve quite a lot of cyber bullying by stabbing her husband in the face with a power drill.”
While Sam Stein, a senior politics editor at the Huffington Post vowed he was “gonna spend some time now re-tweeting some of Donald J Trump’s twitter bullying, just so @MELANIATRUMP is aware.”
Melania Trump could solve quite a lot of cyber bullying by stabbing her husband in the face with a power drill.
— Cassandra (@ChrisWarcraft) November 3, 2016
Melania Trump wants to make social media safe. All she has to do is delete her husband's Twitter – and the job is 99% done.
— Khaleda Rahman (@khaleda) November 3, 2016
gonna spend some time now re-tweeting some of Donald J Trump's twitter bullying, just so @MELANIATRUMP is aware
— Sam Stein (@samstein) November 3, 2016
Watch Melania Trump’s full speech above.