The level of digital depravity coming from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue sunk to an unthinkable low just before 9 a.m. on Thursday.
Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter, famously moaned during a Fox News interview two weeks about the “level of viciousness” of her father’s critics. A man who proves practically every day that his “level of viciousness” has no limit. I eagerly await what the first daughter has to say about her father, a man she has repeatedly defended against charges of sexism and misogyny. And what of first lady Melania Trump? She’s very concerned about cyberbullying, you’ll recall.
Technology has changed our universe. But like anything that is powerful, it can have a bad side. We have seen these already. 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 is done by someone with no name hiding on the internet.
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 in social media.
It will be one of the main focuses of my work if I’m privileged enough to become your first lady.
The first lady’s spokeswoman issued a most unsatisfying response on her behalf about the president’s latest exhibition of petulance. “As the First Lady has stated publicly in the past, when her husband gets attacked, he will punch back 10 times harder,” Stephanie Grisham said. Deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was equally forgiving,”This is a president who fights fire with fire,” she said during an interview on Fox News. Without a hint of irony, Sanders added that Trump will not be “bullied.”
Folks, know this: Anyone defending Trump’s sophomoric, misogynistic, immature, sexist, demeaning, unbecoming, unpresidential tweet is nothing less than repulsive.
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