I applaud Melania for choosing this issue to focus on with her newly elected position. By championing first amendment rights in this age of digital megaphones for each and every person on earth, we are further protecting ourselves. The Age of Information has only truly just begun and the fields of warfare, compromise, celebration, and scholarship are going to shift predominantly into the electronic realm. Have 1st amendment protection now has never been more necessary.
Washington Post – Not long before the presidential election, Melania Trump gave a rare public address in which she sketched out one of her causes as a potential first lady: “We have to find a better way to talk to each other, to disagree with each other, to respect each other. We must find better ways to honor and support the basic goodness of our children, especially on social media. It will be one of the main focuses of my work if I’m privileged enough to become your first lady,” she said.
Thus launched an untold number of preventing-cyberbullying-starts-at-home comments. In an interview with then-campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, CNN’s Anderson Cooper referenced Donald Trump’s own habits on social media: “You know, the question is doesn’t this start at home,” Cooper said. “Isn’t the problem at her own dinner table?” Indeed it is: Over and over, Donald Trump has beamed nasty tweets — just search “donald trump twitter megyn kelly” — at whomever just so happened to be annoying him at any given moment.
Now the National Enquirer is weighing in with some fresh reporting on the role of Melania Trump, just as the presidential transition is nearing its closing stages: “The ENQUIRER can reveal former model Melania will adopt a two-pronged platform as First Lady, including an unprecedented push to protect freedom of speech and a second campaign to eradicate cyberbullying!” The National Enquirer has close ties to Trump and was among the handful of publications to endorse him. A “source” tells the Enquirer of Melania Trump’s upbringing in Yugoslavia: “Melania grew up under a communist regime where citizens could not speak their minds — or be themselves — without fear or a knock on their door in the middle of the night. It’s what she loves the most about America — and it’s the issue she will make her own.”
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