A booklet published by first lady Melania Trump on Monday as part of her “Be Best” campaign is under fire after she was caught completely copying the Obamas… again.
Trump had released the PDF titled “Be Best” as part of her initiative to “encourage positive social, emotional, and physical habits” among children and make sure that they’re being safe online.
The brochure, aimed at parents, extolled the virtues of positive online conduct, and how to deal with issues like cyberbullying and inappropriate content.
Internet archives show that first lady Trump tried taking credit for the work in the initial release of the pamphlet, but that she later changed her role from writer to “promoted” by the first lady.
The first published version read: “Parents, click here to read Talking with Kids about Being Online, a booklet by First Lady Melania Trump and the Federal Trade Commission.”
The updated version reads: “Parents, click here to read ‘Talking with Kids about Being Online,’ a Federal Trade Commission booklet, promoted by First Lady Melania Trump.”
As @rudepundit points out Melania’s guide to teaching kids about the internet is very similar to one put out by the Obama admin. But there are some changes… https://t.co/5AxqYmuyWL pic.twitter.com/wRyzZvuEwL
— Sarah Mimms (@SarahMMimms) May 7, 2018
Fun fact: The White House trumpets “Talking with Kids about Being Online” as “a booklet by First Lady Melania Trump and the Federal Trade Commission.” Except for an intro, it’s exactly the same thing Obama’s FTC put out. pic.twitter.com/AEf6F0gBbt
— The Rude Pundit (@rudepundit) May 7, 2018
However, the part that stood out most to me was the section on cyberbullying.
The pamphlet reads:
“When children learn positive online behaviors early-on, social media can be used in productive ways and can effect positive change. Mrs. Trump believes that children should be both seen and heard, and it is our responsibility as adults to educate and reinforce to them that when they are using their voices—whether verbally or online—they must choose their words wisely and speak with respect and compassion.” (Emphasis added by the author.)
Mrs. Trump, would you say your husband chooses his words wisely or uses them to convey respect and compassion?
If you want to reduce cyberbullying, first lady Trump, you should delete your husband’s Twitter account.
H/T: Web Archive