First lady Melania Trump unveiled her “Be Best” campaign on Monday to encourage “positive social, emotional and physical habits” in children.
According to the Be Best website, one key facet of the initiative is to help children “avoid negative social media interaction.”
“They must choose their words wisely and speak with respect and compassion,” the site noted.
That message was in line with the first lady’s previous comments about wanting to combat bullying online. But it also left some wondering if “Be Best” should apply to President Donald Trump, who often uses Twitter to belittle critics and rivals:
“Social media is too often used in negative ways and that it is important for children to learn positive online behaviors at a young age. – Melania Trump
When will your husband learn his positive online behavior? – America”
— @Jen (@ITMFA_NOW)
“Melaina’s new campaign to help kids not bully each other online called Be Best is going to be awesome with the help of some top advisors like Pocahontas, Nasty Woman, Pig, Lil’ Corker, Sloppy Steve, Slime Ball Comey, Crazy Maxine Waters, and Sleepy Eyes.”
— @Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski)
I join First Lady @MelaniaTrump in opposing bullying in all forms and think “Be Best” is a great idea for a campaign. Perhaps it can launch with this video at https://t.co/HVXX6bAy0Z? pic.twitter.com/8Ds5GKWYVo
— Karl Frisch (@KarlFrisch) May 7, 2018
“I don’t want my children to be best, I want them to be good.”
— @Scott Derrickson (@scottderrickson)
“Dear @FLOTUS @MELANIATRUMP ,
I’m still waiting on your response to the bullying perpetrated by your husband @realDonaldTrump and his supporters.
That would be a way to really help our children #BeBest https://johnpavlovitz.com/2018/03/28/dear-melania/ …“
— @John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz)
“Here’s Melania practicing for her anti-bullying campaign #BeBest by demanding to know why Obama won’t show “the American people” his birth certificate. Or something. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSTx1ZODEcQ …“
— @Steve Silberman (@YouTube)
“I wonder how many mean, nasty, offensive, bullying tweets @POTUS is gonna make on #BeBest proclamation day… #Trump #Melania”
— @Andy Ostroy (@AndyOstroy)
Maybe look over your shoulder, Melania.
Via Tom Adelsbach. pic.twitter.com/j6Mzo69ag7
— Steve Marmel (@Marmel) May 8, 2018
“With all due respect, Melania might want to clean up her own house & bullying husband before she talks to the nation abt social & emotional health #BeBest”
— @Rabbi Jill Zimmerman (@RabbiJill)
— @Astead (@AsteadWesley)
“Hypocrisy = gloating about the resignation of Eric Schneiderman while continuing to support Donald Trump.
Irony = Melania Trump’s anti-cyber bullying #BeBest campaign.”
— @WhileYouWereOut (@PivotAndDodge)
“The hypocrisy of Melania’s #BeBest campaign is beyond parody. @Flotus needs to begin her efforts with Don & her family.
459 People, Places and Things Donald Trump Has Insulted on Twitter: A Complete List https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/01/28/upshot/donald-trump-twitter-insults.html …“
— @Psychonaut (@WakingLifeDream)
“As First Lady, Melania Trump has proven to be First Enabler of the president’s lies, racism, sexism, and bullying. Her silence about Trump doesn’t just signal consent, it reveals complicity. It also sends a dangerous message to our children. #resist #trump #MelaniaTrump #BeBest”
— @Dr. DaShanne Stokes (@DaShanneStokes)
@FLOTUS @POTUS @realDonaldTrump Here’s how you can #BeBest ….. pic.twitter.com/RXKcKqwJwA
— Deborah Johnson 🌊 (@SuchALadaay) May 8, 2018
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