Melanie Trump in Berwyn, Pa., on Thursday. (Patrick Semansky/Associated Press)

As adults, many of us are able to handle mean words, even lies. Children and teenagers can be fragile. They are hurt when they are made fun of, or made to feel less in looks or intelligence. This makes their life hard and can force them to hide and retreat. 

Our culture has gotten too mean and too rough, especially to children and teenagers. It is never okay when a 12-year-old girl or boy is mocked, bullied or attacked. It is terrible when that happens on the playground, and it is absolutely unacceptable when it’s done by someone with no name hiding on the Internet. 

— Melania Trump, in a speech Thursday

The 12-year-old boy in question is my husband, whom many people on the Internet with and without names are often dragging through the mud.

Yes, he says many things, but they are not insults. They are descriptions. And he does not hide his face behind an egg or a malignant frog. He is there, in the open. He is a brave man.

Still, as the first lady, I will strive to be kind.

We need more respect and kindness in this world. Millions of Americans are not so smart and are unpleasing to the eye, but we should not go onto the Internet and make statements like, “You are not beautiful,” and “Your face made my son, Barron, cry.”

There are many very ugly people in this world and they do not deserve to have this fact rubbed in their faces. Their faces have experienced enough.

Each and every day, I rub many creams on my body to become the most beautiful of women, but not everyone takes this time, and we should not make them uncomfortable on this account. Their bodies are old and their skin sags in the wind and goes flap, flap, like old curtains that unravel from too many years’ use, as my husband says. But that does not mean we go to them on the Internet and call them “skin-bag,” “old-bag-of-skin,” “bat-wings,” “creepy person,” “old hag who crawls up from the grave,” “night-fiend.” We do not say these things, not even to Heidi Cruz. Not with our keyboards and not with our mouths. With our eyes only, if at all.

The children are vulnerable. My Barron is a sweet child who excels in all ways, but not all children can be like my son, the beautiful boy. Some children are not so smart or so beautiful, and we should not say this to them on the Internet, because they are weak and it will make them cry, not like my Barron, who is strong.

What Donald does is not cyberbullying. Donald is always making statements, and I say, “Donald, if someone said this about me, about you, think how you would feel.” But Donald shrugs and says, “It is not true of me, of you, but of this woman that I now am speaking, it is true.” When you criticize him, it is a lie, but when he criticizes you, he is speaking from the heart, and this we must respect.

In conclusion, he is sorry that he said those things about Miss Universe and Miss O’Donnell and the many other women. It is not his fault that they are fat and ugly.