Melania Trump pledged during the 2016 presidential campaign to make bullying prevention a focus of her work as first lady. That was ironic, given that taunts and insults are central to her husband's political brand.
On Monday, the first lady's office issued a statement about her plan to participate in National Bullying Prevention Month. The statement expressed sentiments that President Trump often fails to exemplify. The Fix has annotated the statement, using Genius. Click on yellow, highlighted text to view a tweet by President Trump.
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the First Lady
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 23, 2017
First Lady Melania Trump to Kick Off the “Week of Inclusion” at Michigan Middle School
First Lady Melania Trump and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos will visit Orchard Lake Middle School in West Bloomfield, Michigan to kick off the “Week of Inclusion,” part of National Bullying Prevention Month.
During her visit, Mrs. Trump will spend time in the school’s Viking Huddle Class, a 6th grade classroom that focuses on social emotional learning. The First Lady and Mrs. DeVos will observe and participate in lessons about respecting others, kindness, and inclusion.
In addition to classroom participation, Mrs. Trump will visit with 7th and 8th grade students in the school's cafeteria in an effort to bring awareness to “No One Eats Alone,” a concept that seeks to reverse the trends of social isolation by asking students to engage in simple acts of kindness — such as making sure that no one is eating alone and students are making an effort to eat with new classmates and peers.
“As part of my ongoing commitment to the overall well-being of children, I am looking forward to today’s visit,” stated First Lady Melania Trump. “By our own example, we must teach children to be good stewards of the world they will inherit. We need to remember that they are always watching and listening. It is our responsibility to take the lead in teaching children the values of empathy and communication that are at the core of kindness, mindfulness, integrity, and leadership.”