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Melania Trump Says She’d Fight Cyberbullying As First Lady

November 3, 2016, 7:54 PM UTC

Melania Trump says that, if she becomes first lady, she’d focus on combatting online bullying as part of her work as an advocate for women and children.

In her first solo speech since the Republican convention this summer, Melania Trump discussed what her priorities would be if her husband is elected president. “Our culture has gotten too mean and too rough, especially to children and teenagers,” she said, speaking at a rally outside Philadelphia. “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 am privileged enough to become your first lady.”

She said that it’s “absolutely unacceptable” when children are mocked, bullied and attacked online anonymously.

Her goals may seem at odds with her husband, who has a long history of using Twitter to insult people. The Internet immediately lit up with examples from Trump’s Twitter feed.




In fact, The New York Times recently attempted to catalogue all of Trump’s attacks and insults on Twitter. The newspaper found the Republican presidential nominee had insulted 281 different people, places, and things on Twitter since joining the race. Some of the insults have led to his 12 million followers and fans piling on and attacking Trump’s targets, with racist and anti-semitic epithets.