First Lady Melania Trump has issued a statement attacking the anonymous author – an unnamed senior White House official – of a damning New York Times op-ed that brutally scorches President Trump. In her remarks she also defends the First Amendment – but not at any point does she defend her husband.
“Freedom of speech is an important pillar of our nation’s founding principles and a free press is important to our democracy. The press should be fair, unbiased and responsible,” her statement begins.
“Unidentified sources have become the majority of the voices people hear about in today’s news,” it continues. “People with no names are writing our nation’s history. Words are important, and accusations can lead to severe consequences.”
“If a person is bold enough to accuse people of negative actions, they have a responsibility to publicly stand by their words and people have the right to be able to defend themselves.”
“To the writer of the op-ed — you are not protecting this country, you are sabotaging it with your cowardly actions,” the statement ends.
The First Lady did not defend her husband, the president. Nor did she refute or push back on any of the allegations in the op-ed.
“The root of the problem is the president’s amorality. Anyone who works with him knows he is not moored to any discernible first principles that guide his decision making.”
“In addition to his mass-marketing of the notion that the press is the ‘enemy of the people,’ President Trump’s impulses are generally anti-trade and anti-democratic.”
“Meetings with him veer off topic and off the rails, he engages in repetitive rants, and his impulsiveness results in half-baked, ill-informed and occasionally reckless decisions that have to be walked back.”
“President Trump shows a preference for autocrats and dictators.”
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First Lady in Anti-Bullying Speech Says Most Children Know More About Social Media ‘Than Some Adults’
First Lady Melania Trump delivered a speech Monday morning at the Cyberbullying Prevention Summit in Rockville, Maryland, ironically telling participants how children are more aware of the pitfalls of social media than some adults.
“Let’s face it,” the First Lady told attendees, “most children are more aware of the benefits and pitfalls of social media than some adults, but we still need to do all we can to provide them with information and tools for successful and safe online habits,” she said, according to her prepared remarks.
The First Lady’s speech was made in connection with her Be Best campaign to combat cyber bullying against children while teaching them good behavior.
“In today’s global society, social media is an inevitable part of our children’s daily lives,” the First Lady also shared with attendees, who included HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “It can be used in many positive ways, but can also be destructive and harmful when used incorrectly. That is why Be Best chooses to focus on the importance of teaching our next generation how to conduct themselves safely and in a positive manner in an online setting.”
First Lady Melania Trump: Social media “can be used in many positive ways, but can also be destructive and harmful when used incorrectly.” pic.twitter.com/d6tzFxE9AK
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) August 20, 2018
President Trump reportedly is not supportive of the First Lady’s campaign, as The Hill notes.
Racist US President Calls Former – and Only – Black Top White House Aide a ‘Dog’
President Donald Trump launched into a furtive tweet storm Tuesday morning, posting six tweets in under 45 minutes. The president labeled his former White House aide and 3-time “Apprentice” contestant a “dog.” It is a racist and misogynistic attack on Omarosa Manigault Newman, one that serves only to draw attention to her claims that he is a “racist” and has used the “n” word while on set of his former reality TV show.
“When you give a crazed, crying lowlife a break, and give her a job at the White House, I guess it just didn’t work out. Good work by General Kelly for quickly firing that dog!” Trump tweeted early Tuesday morning.
Except it’s false. Trump admitted he hired Omarosa, who, based on his description Monday, was not qualified for the job. He then admitted that he blocked her firing “because she only said GREAT things about me.”
Omarosa, according to reports during her one-year tenure in the Trump White House, was not a good employee, and yet Trump kept her on.
So his claim his chief of staff “quickly” fired her is false.
Some responses to Trump’s vile attack via Twitter:
Per the access Hollywood tape, Trump uses “dog” when he wants to use “bitch” but feels it would be inappropriate.
— Adam Serwer 🍝 (@AdamSerwer) August 14, 2018
Dude. You’re willing to call your former top black female staffer a dog in front of the entire world.
— (((John M. Becker))) (@freedom2marry) August 14, 2018
Trump’s official position is this: he personally decided to hire Omarosa, a crazed, crying, lowlife dog who everyone in the White House hated, his chief of staff thought was a loser, but he kept employed at $180k a year in a senior position because she said nice things about him.
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) August 14, 2018
What happened to hiring the best people? You hired her. So if she is a “crazed, delusional, crying dog”, you are doing a very shitty job. Amazingly bad, worst ever, horrible.
— Andrew Fine (@AFineBlogger) August 14, 2018
— Quid Pro Quo61 (@quidproquo61) August 14, 2018
Donald this one is for you, enjoypic.twitter.com/jwUIc7VPB3
— dave M ❄️ 🥕 🇪🇺 (@davemacladd) August 14, 2018
Trump’s a sick disgusting man.I don’t care about Omarosa but she is not a dog. She is a woman YOU hired when it served your purpose.Then you threw her away. Now you try to demean her but the only person you demean is yourself and the office you are supposed to hold in high esteem
— Debby Carroll (@thefamilycrypt) August 14, 2018
She’ll Watch ‘Any Channel She Wants’: First Lady’s Spox Blasts Report Trump Exploded Because She Was Watching CNN
Spokesperson Doesn’t Deny President Was Enraged
The New York Times is reporting that President Donald Trump exploded in anger when the First Lady’s TV aboard Air Force One was not tuned to Fox News, but to CNN. Trump has reportedly ordered all televisions in the White House and any federal agency he controls to be tuned to Fox News.
In response, the First Lady’s spokesperson says Melania Trump will watch “any channel she wants,” throwing a rebuke directly at the President.
“Grisham told CNN Wednesday everyone should be focusing on the issues the first lady is seeking to highlight, such as neonatal abstinence syndrome, rather than what television channel she’s watching or a tape of her husband discussing a payout to a woman who claims to have had an extramarital affair with him,” CNN reports.
Grisham also blasted the media for not focusing on bullying, one of the First Lady’s pet causes – and one she has done little to combat, especially with her husband.
“Did you know that every 15 minutes a baby is born with NAS? Maybe you’d like to talk about the 160,000 kids who skip school every day for fear of being bullied, or that 280,000 students are physically attacked in schools every month,” Grisham said. “Seems kind of silly to worry about what channel she watches on TV (any channel she wants btw) or if she heard some recording on the news.”
Grisham failed to mention that many of those students who skip school every day do so because President Trump has unleashed and enabled racist, homophobic, misogynistic, and nativist bullying across the country.
The Times article was titled, “Spotting CNN on a TV Aboard Air Force One, Trump Rages Against Reality.”
Many on social media Tuesday night focus on this portion of the Times’ reporting:
“The email, an internal exchange between officials in the White House Military Office and the White House Communications Agency last Thursday, also called for the ordering of two additional televisions to support Beam, a TiVo-like streaming device, to make sure the president and first lady could both watch TV in their separate hotel rooms when they travel.”
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