Melania Trump has raised a fair share of eyebrows since she launched her pet project, Be Best, because it aims, in part, to combat cyberbullying — with critics accusing her husband, President Trump, of being one of Twitter’s most egregious offenders.
But the first lady shrugged off charges of hypocrisy to promote her anti-bullying initiative during this month’s solo trip to Ghana, Malawi, Kenya, and Egypt.
In addition to dropping off Be Best-branded tote bags laden with supplies at local schools, Melania made time during her trip to sit down for an exclusive interview with ABC News’ Tom Llamas.
In a preview of the discussion, the first lady is shown defending her work with Be Best for a personal reason: She sees herself as a victim of bullying.
“I could say I’m the most bullied person in the world,” she told the reporter.
“One of them — if you really see what people [are] saying about me.”
EXCLUSIVE: First lady Melania Trump says her “Be Best” policy platform targeting online bullies is personal. “I could say that I’m the most bullied person in the world,” she tells ABC. https://t.co/iiEv5Z3ijv pic.twitter.com/CWZ7g9by27
— ABC News (@ABC) October 11, 2018
Though the clip doesn’t include questions about her own husband’s image as a bully, the first lady has faced ridicule.
Just a day after her interview with Tom was filmed, she wore a menswear-inspired look in Egypt that was mocked by countless memes.
But is getting heat from the so-called fashion police comparable to the insults flung at, say, Christine Blasey Ford, who the president recently lambasted during a rally?
Twitter users aren’t feeling so sympathetic.
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.
— Mrs. Bucky Barnes (@Idess_HaloStar) October 11, 2018
— Lynda Fright-Wright (@BroncoBaby10) October 11, 2018
Imagine if @MichelleObama said this & played the victim. Republicans would lose their minds. @FLOTUS Melania Trump says her #BeBest policy platform targeting online bullies is personal. “I could say that I’m the most bullied person in the world” pic.twitter.com/7uCQB7jInX
— Khary Penebaker, Fx (@kharyp) October 11, 2018
— Justin Hendrix (@justinhendrix) October 11, 2018
Melania Trump thinks she's "the most bullied person in the world."
Michelle Obama was literally called a "monkey" and an "Ape". Some people even said that she was a man, who murdered Joan Rivers to cover up her sex change.
Michelle never complained a SINGLE TIME!
— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) October 11, 2018
It's been one hell of day. Melania thinks she’s the “most bullied person in the world” and Kanye West has declared that his MAGA hat makes him feel like “Superman”.
They both have lost their damn minds.
— Denizcan Grimes (@MrFilmkritik) October 11, 2018
Melania Trump just said that she is the “most bullied person in the world.” Her statement reveals both her privilege and ignorance as the most bullied people in the world are the children her husband separated and the women, people of color and LGBTQ people his policies threaten.
— Ryan Knight 🌊 (@ProudResister) October 11, 2018