Not long ago, bitter failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said the first lady isn’t serious about ending bullying. But this week, Melania Trump is making good on her promise while at the same time proving Hillary is a liar. To kick-off the anti-bullying “Week of Inclusion” campaign, Melania made a surprise trip to Michigan.
Mrs. Trump flew to the Detroit suburb of Bloomfield Hills on Monday, to participate in an event at Orchard Lake Middle School. “No One Eats Alone Day” is a concept that encourages kids not to leave anyone out at lunchtime. It’s the brainchild of Beyond Differences, a national organization that works to combat bullying in public schools.
During her visit, Melania took part in classroom discussions on the importance of social and emotional inclusion. “I always believe that you need to treat each other with respect and kindness and compassion, but also stay true to yourself,” the first lady told students in the sixth-grade class. “Just listen to your heart, but be yourself”.
In addition, the first lady stopped to have lunch in the school cafeteria where she encouraged kids to make new friends. “Ask them what they like, what their hobbies are, so nobody becomes sad or stressed and everybody feels included,” Melania told students. “I think it’s important that we choose kindness and compassion.”
Ironically, just over a month ago, Hillary slammed Melania for not caring enough about bullying. “I really worry about it as a major issue. I talked about it in the campaign and I wanted to do more,” said Clinton. “And, I think there would be a lot of people who would be willing to help her. If, she were serious about actually following through.”
Look like Hillary owes the first lady an apology but we won’t hold our breath, right?
Fighting for Children
Nevertheless, given Melania’s experience with people bullying her son Barron, it’s not hard to see why this cause is dear to her heart. However, bullying is just one of the childhood problems she plans to address in her role as First Lady. During a United Nations luncheon in New York City last month, she explains why protecting children is so important.
“Together, we must acknowledge that all too often it is the weakest, most innocent and vulnerable among us, our children, who ultimately suffer the most,” says Melania. “Whether it’s drug addiction, bullying, poverty, trafficking, disease, illiteracy or hunger, children are hit first and hardest in any country.
“And as we all know, the future of every nation rests with the promise of their young people.”