Republican nominee Donald Trump’s wife Melania returned to the campaign trail with a speech on Thursday in which she vowed to fight cyber- bullying as first lady if her husband won.
Melania pledged to help children who are “mocked, bullied or attacked”, but critics were quick to point out the irony in her promise as her husband tends to spend a lot of time doing all of that and more — only not to children.
“It is never OK when a 12-year-old girl or boy is mocked, bullied or attacked,” Melania, who has a 10-year-old son, said in a rare speech. “It is terrible when it happens on the playground, and it is absolutely unacceptable when it is done by someone with no name hiding on the internet. We have to find a better way to talk to each other.”
“We must find better ways to honour and support the basic goodness of our children, especially in social media,” she added. “It will be one of the main focuses of my work, if I am privileged enough to become your first lady.”
Melania, who is said to be a reluctant campaigner, had gone off the trail completely after her speech at the party convention in Cleveland was found to have lifted paragraphs from a speech delivered by Michelle Obama in 2008.