People are once again mocking Melania Trump’s #BeBest campaign after Donald Trump tweeted out an attack on youth climate activist Greta Thunberg. Donald had a problem with Thunberg being named TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year, calling it “ridiculous” and claiming that the teen needs to “work on her Anger Management [sic] problem.”
So ridiculous. Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill! https://t.co/M8ZtS8okzE— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2019
His campaign later posted a photo of his head photoshopped onto Thunberg’s body for reasons no one could fully understand no matter how hard they tried. The best explanation is that this photoshopping of his head onto various people’s bodies is a bizarre manifestation of Trump’s intense jealousy and insecurity problems, but really it’s not worth analyzing that deeply.
What is worth our time is to point out that the First Lady is supposed to be an advocate against online bullying with her #BeBest campaign, and yet remains silent when her husband acts like a 73-year-old Mean Girl, bullying an actual teenage girl.
Melania, we agree. Children are off limits. Tell your husband to #bebest and go enroll himself in anger management instead of attacking such a brilliant and courageous teenager fighting for climate change. @GretaThunberg we got your back!— Maxine Waters (@RepMaxineWaters) December 12, 2019
The tweet seems especially hypocritical after Melania lambasted impeachment witness and Stanford Law professor Pam Karlan for referencing Barron Trump during her testimony. The dig didn’t attack the 13-year-old, but apparently even mentioning his name was over the line for a woman married to the world’s biggest bully.
A minor child deserves privacy and should be kept out of politics. Pamela Karlan, you should be ashamed of your very angry and obviously biased public pandering, and using a child to do it.— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) December 4, 2019
“A minor child deserves privacy and should be kept out of politics. Pamela Karlan, you should be ashamed of your very angry and obviously biased public pandering, and using a child to do it,” she said in a tweet.
Professor Karlan apologized for her mention of Barron, but Donald Trump will almost certainly not apologize for attacking Thunberg.
For all these reasons, Twitter users can’t stop pointing out the #BeBest hypocrisy.
Where is the faux “first lady’s” outrage about #BeBest as her husband taunts 16 year old @GretaThunberg Time Magazine’s Person of the Year? She was so worked up when Professor Karlan used Barron’s name as an example about monarchy. But it’s okay for Trump to trash tweet Greta? pic.twitter.com/W3DmWJxZKQ— Barbara Malmet (@B52Malmet) December 12, 2019
The sitting President of the United States is gleefully cyber-bullying a 16 year-old girl with aspergers because she's passionate about saving humanity from itself.— Translate Trump (@TranslateRealDT) December 12, 2019
Really great job on your #BeBest campaign there, Melania. pic.twitter.com/0Ghimb3WJO
Wait, was it just last week that the entire ducking GOP was outraged because an impeachment witness made a pun using the President’s son’s name?— Ari Andersen (@ariandersen) December 12, 2019
Where’s the outrage now, you spineless zombies? #bebest https://t.co/1bafYRb20k
Still waiting for Melania to demand an apology from an adult who attacked a minor in a politically charged rant.— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) December 12, 2019
Good morning @FLOTUS,— Travis Akers (@travisakers) December 12, 2019
Just stopping by to read your statement in defense of Greta Thunberg...
That's odd, I can't seem to find one.
Perhaps just a small oversight on your part.
Have a great day.#BeBest https://t.co/KTdypXczjT
Today in the WH residence, Melania Trump sat down with her husband and patiently explained to him that bullying @GretaThunberg online is not in line with her #BeBest campaign. He reflected for a moment and apologized contritely. Ha ha just kidding, they don't give a flying f*ck. pic.twitter.com/bIBUeXY8Oc— Steve Silberman (@stevesilberman) December 12, 2019
It’s really getting old at this point.