As President Trump continued his weeks-long racist attacks targeting black-majority cities and congress members of color, First Lady Melania Trump has remained silent about her husband’s online activities.
Melania’s “Be Best” anti-bullying initiative, which celebrated its one-year anniversary in May, was created to focus “on online behavior and social media,” Melania told ABC News in October. “We need to educate the children [about] social, emotional behavior.”
The First Lady has made cyberbullying a key part of her public platform, having pledged to fight it while campaigning for her husband in 2016.
But many have questioned the choice of subject, given her husband’s well-known habit of insulting his critics on Twitter with dehumanizing language.
The president on Saturday and Sunday sent more than a dozen racist tweets attacking Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and the city of Baltimore.
The weekend started with Trump describing the country’s 30th-largest city and surrounding areas as a “very dangerous & filthy place” where “no human being would want to live,” and it ended with Trump calling Cummings — the son of sharecroppers in South Carolina — a “racist.”
It also marked the second time in three weeks that the president targeted a prominent minority Democratic lawmaker and in many ways mirrored how his racist attacks on Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Minn.) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) played out. Trump set off a firestorm by tweeting that the four minority Democrats should “go back” to their countries and “help fix the totally broken crime infested places from which they came.”
Trump attacked Cummings as a “brutal bully” for his fierce critiques of conditions at the southern border and suggested Baltimore “is FAR WORSE and more dangerous. His district is considered the Worst in the USA.”
“As proven last week during a Congressional tour, the Border is clean, efficient & well run, just very crowded,” Trump continued. “Cumming District is a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess. If he spent more time in Baltimore, maybe he could help clean up this very dangerous & filthy place.”
Trump on Monday accused civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton of being a “con man” and hating “whites.”
On Thursday, the first lady tweeted photographs of her holiday planning and said she was “looking forward to sharing our final vision”:
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) July 24, 2019