People are horribly, terribly, shamefully mean to Melania Trump (here, here, and here).

What did she ever do to the Left? Marry a billionaire?

Nevertheless, they’re downright heartlessly cruel.

The quiet and elegant Melania responded Thursday, to criticism over her “Be Best” anti-cyberbullying program.

Speaking at Washington D.C.’s Family Online Safety Institute conference Thursday, Mrs. Trump addressed the ugliness. Really, she was defending an anti-bullying campaign…against bullies.

“Today’s technology provides people with a digital shield to hide behind. And being anonymous often takes the place of being caring and responsible, which can lead to children and adults feeling empowered to be unkind and, at times, cruel. … As I have said before, it is not news or surprising to me that critics and the media have chosen to ridicule me for speaking out on this issue, and that’s okay.”

As pointed out by The Daily Wire’s Amanda Prestigiacomo, bully Washington Post published a video of Melania’s work in the anti-bullying movement, interspersed with the President asserting himself against critics, sometimes insultingly.

In light of Melania’s speech — and after Trump tweeted about the dishonesty of Special Counsel Mueller — bully Don Lemon called her program irrelevant:

“Considering especially the tweets this morning from her husband, why is this relevant right now?”

Nonetheless, in her talk Thursday, Melania emphasized the critical nature of online positivity (positive, like Alex Parker at RedState?):

“Teaching children the importance of being safe and positive online is crucial to creating a better future for the next generation. We must give children the tools needed for success at a very young age, and this includes helping them grasp online responsibility, and the importance of their overall well-being in the online world.”

It’s sad that the demure wife of the American president has to deal with bullies in the media. She should be commended for the class and grace with which she’s done so. Perhaps it can be an example to others. In fact, she said that very thing in her speech:

“[I]t is not news or surprising to me that critics and the media have chosen to ridicule me for speaking out on this issue, and that’s okay. I remain committed to tackling this topic, because it will provide a better world for our children. And I hope that, like I do, you will consider using their negative words as motivation to do all you can to bring awareness and understanding about responsible online behavior.”

As for The Washington Post’s video meant to contrast anti-bullying commentary with the words of Donald Trump, the video fails due to its own content: Trump is shown explaining, “I’m not a bully at all. … [I] do have the right to fight back, because I’m treated very unfairly. And so I do fight back.”

Trump is right. And it’s that fighting spirit that makes him the leader America needs at the moment — a moment in which his wife is right, as well: standing up for oneself is a virtue; and caring for the vulnerable is, too.

Check out the First Lady’s presentation in the video below.

 

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