First Lady Melania Trump, who has a campaign against cyber-bullying, is standing by her husband’s mean tweets against “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski Thursday morning.
“As the First Lady has stated publicly in the past, when her husband gets attacked, he will punch back 10 times harder,” communications director Stephanie Grisham said in a statement to CNN.
The White House has a similar response. “I don’t think that the president has ever been someone who gets attacked and doesn’t push back,” said Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders Thursday in an interview with Fox News. “There have been outrageous personal attacks not just on him but on everyone around him. People on that show have personally attacked me many times. This is a president who fights fire with fire, and certainly will not be allowed to be bullied by liberal media, or the liberal elites within the media, or Hollywood, or anywhere else.”
The White House response: "This is a president who fights fire with fire and certainly will not be allowed to be bullied by liberal media." pic.twitter.com/R5VO8vXCyP
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 29, 2017
The First Lady has said in the past that she tells her husband when she feels he crosses a line on social media. “I think he hears me. But he will do what he wants to do on the end. He’s an adult. He knows the consequences. And I give him my opinion. And he could do whatever he likes with it,” she said in a “60 Minutes” interview.
At a rally in Pennsylvania before the election, she spoke about how important it is to stand up against cyber-bullies. “Our culture has gotten too mean and too rough, especially to children and teenagers,” she said, as CNN reports. “We have to find a better way to talk to each other, to disagree with each other, to respect each other. We must find better ways to honor and support the basic goodness of our children, especially in social media. It will be one of the main focuses of my work if I’m privileged enough to become your first lady.”
While little has been done so far concerning her anti-bullying campaign, the First Lady is expected to roll out her program in the upcoming months. “Mrs. Trump is being very thoughtful when it comes to building out her initiatives,” Grisham told USA Today.
Many people aren’t happy with the response of the administration — and some on Twitter were quick to remember the still-absent cyber-bullying campaign. See responses below.
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) June 29, 2017
The White House spinning this is as a courageous response is so immensely disgusting and hurtful
— Nick Rallo (@nickrallo) June 29, 2017
Thanks for the reminder that Melania is as bad as the rest of this pack.
— Movement (@MovementNOLA) June 29, 2017
Man, these Morning Joe and Mika tweets are crazy. It's a good thing that Melania has that cyber bullying thing under wraps
— Alex Danger Thomas???? (@Alex_Thomas_01) June 29, 2017
Then take it off your platform, it's hypocritical to defend him and pretend that you care about that.
— jmpfjoy (@jmpfjoy) June 29, 2017