Melania Trump is being mercilessly mocked by his critics after a polarising campaign appearance this morning. In her first major speech since the Republican National Convention in July - where she got in trouble for plagiarising Michelle Obama - Mrs Trump revealed what her one big goal as America's First Lady would be, should Mr Trump win the election. She wants to stamp out bullying, particularly on social media. "Like anything that is powerful, (social media) can have a bad side," Mrs Trump told an adoring crowd of supporters.
Mrs Trump's critics are accusing her of hypocrisy, pointing to Mr Trump's legions of abusive supporters on social media and the Republican nominee's long history of insulting people online. They say it's a bit rich for her to argue against cyber-bullying when the worst offender is her own husband. "In her first campaign speech since the convention, the aspiring First Lady urged voters to 'treat each other with respect and kindness', as the nation burst into hysterical laughter," read a particularly contemptuous article from the Hollywood Reporter. "If Melania is worried about online bullying, shouldn't she direct her comments at her husband first?" asked conservative pundit Amanda Carpenter. "Melania's speech today would be like Bernie Madoff's wife giving a talk on the integrity of investment portfolios and fighting Ponzi schemes," said ABC News political analyst Matthew Dowd. "I kept thinking, 'Have you even met Donald Trump?'" said Mr Tapper's CNN colleague Dana Bash. Mr Trump does have a habit of attacking people on social media. Here's a small sample of his more controversial tweets.
We're getting peak Jake Tapper with Melania Trump's anti-bully speech pic.twitter.com/zzqNzjKdqp— Andrew Husband (@AndrewHusband) November 3, 2016
I feel sorry for Rosie 's new partner in love whose parents are devastated at the thought of their daughter being with @Rosie--a true loser.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 14, 2011
.@ariannahuff is unattractive both inside and out. I fully understand why her former husband left her for a man- he made a good decision.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 28, 2012
.@BetteMidler talks about my hair but I'm not allowed to talk about her ugly face or body --- so I won't. Is this a double standard?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 28, 2012
Sorry folks, but Donald Trump is far richer and much better looking than dopey @mcuban!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 19, 2013