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Melania Trump’s Claim She is the “Most Bullied Person” in the World Gets Huge Backlash

Published on October 11, 2018 by Athena Pallas

In an interview taped on her recent trip to Africa and due to air on ABC, Melania Trump claimed, “I could say that I’m the most bullied person on, on the world…One of them — if you really see what people are saying about me.” ABC tweeted an excerpt from the interview of Melania Trump saying just that, and, as you might imagine, that quote got a huge backlash, with people commenting that here is yet another self-absorbed, narcissistic Trump making everything about them and people commenting on the hypocrisy of her speaking out against bullying while her husband is one of the most notorious online bullies in the world. Melania Trump first claimed to be “the most bullied person on, on the world”, and then when that was met with surprise and questioning by reporter Tom Llamas, Trump backpedaled slighting to say “One of them – if you really see what people are saying about me.” According to People Magazine:

Melania Trump’s anti-bullying agenda is driven by her own experience, she says — as “the most bullied person in the world.” In a sit-down with ABC News, the first lady told chief national affairs correspondent Tom Llamas that her “Be Best” policy platform targeting online bullies is personal. “I could say that I’m the most bullied person on (in) the world,” she said in the sit-down, taped during her recent tour of Africa. “One of them — if you really see what people are saying about me.” “That’s why ‘Be Best’ is focusing on online behavior and social media,” Mrs. Trump continued. “We need to educate the children [about] social, emotional behavior.”…Critics have called the first lady hypocritical for adopting the cause, given the president’s well-documented habit of lashing out at his foes on Twitter, often using degrading and even sometimes racist nicknames…Previously, Mrs. Trump has defended the harsh words her husband uses on Twitter. “As you may know by now, when you attack him he will punch back 10 times harder,” she told a crowd in Milwaukee back in April 2016.

Here is the excerpt of Melania Trump’s interview which ABC News posted to Twitter and which contains her quote calling herself “the most bullied person on, on (sic) the world”.

Many people’s reactions showed them shaking their heads in disbelief. As this person responded, “Please. The vile things that are said about Michelle Obama (and daughters), Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton (who shows class and grace, daily), Dr. Blasey Ford…and all the kids who have taken their own lives have/had it MUCH worse. Do something about your husband & Jr.”

Others marveled at how the Trumps so often make everything about themselves, with one person asking “Why do the Trumps make everything about themselves??” and getting the response, “Narcissism at its worst. It is about them every minute of every day.”

And another commented, “So #bebest is abt her. The entire family is self absorbed.”

Another replied, “Wow , I’d love to introduce you to some friends of mine tortured by relentless bullies daily, many suicidal. You are the most unaware. You are the most hypocritical. You are the most tone deaf. You are the most spoiled. I guarantee you are NOT the most bullied. .”

Indeed it is odd how Melania Trump used the same sort of self-focused hyperbole her husband uses. Really, the First Lady should be able to come up with other examples, unrelated to herself, for her motivations to address bullying and be able to explain why she goes along with having a husband who is a horrible bully, yet she leaves that unaddressed. If she is going to have a campaign to stop bullying, she must address the elephant in the room, which is President Trump’s rampant bullying. Otherwise, she will continue to look like a hypocrite on the issue.

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