Recent First Ladies have created initiatives that are based on issues that they feel passionately about. Melania Trump chose an anti-bullying program that she refers to as Be Best. Critics were quick to point out the irony in the decision as her husband is often accused of using his platform to bully political opponents.
The fact that the First Lady picked an initiative built around children has become more problematic as stories continue to emerge about the White House’s treatment of migrant children. Melania Trump, however, has plowed ahead with her charitable endeavor, recently announcing program ambassadors.
According to a press release, the ambassadors will, “help further the First Lady’s goal of educating children and parents about the issues they face, and will focus on resources and opportunities to help make a difference in the lives of children.”
The FLOTUS also tweeted, “Looking forward to collaborating with all of our Be Best Ambassadors. Delighted to be working alongside so many people both inside and outside of government to better the lives of children everywhere!”
Looking forward to collaborating with all of our #BeBest Ambassadors. Delighted to be working alongside so many people both inside and outside of government to better the lives of children everywhere!https://t.co/VXxwgg6DFz
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) June 24, 2019
Her announcement was quickly under siege from users pointing out the irony of her language. Twitter user, Mary Mauro, wrote, “How about the bettering the lives of the children your husband has separated from their families and is holding in the worst possible conditions? Oh, I remember. You don’t care.”
"better the lives of children everywhere…" How about the bettering the lives of the children your husband has separated from their families and is holding in the worst possible conditions???????? Oh, I remember. You don't care…
— Mary Mauro (@CitizenMauro) June 24, 2019
Melania Trump herself has spoken out on claims that her program is very ironic. She told reporters in 2018, “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 OK. 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 behavior.”