Melania Trump spoke Thursday at a rally in Berwyn, Pennsylvania, insisting her husband Donald Trump has “deep love and respect” for all Americans.
In a relatively standard political stump speech, the wannabe first lady discussed her upbringing in Slovenia and immigration to the United States. But at the end of her address, Melania raised more than a few eyebrows, un-ironically lamenting a culture that “has gotten too mean and too rough.”
“We must treat each other with respect and kindness, even when we disagree,” the former model insisted.
Considering her husband’s personal Twitter feed is a catalog of insults levied against basically anyone who’s not Donald Trump, the Internet jumped on Melania’s tone-deaf address.
Melania Trump literally said that a Jewish journalist who got attacked by internet neo-Nazis over a profile of her had it coming https://t.co/SlAJTZ5ir7
— (((Yair Rosenberg))) (@Yair_Rosenberg) November 3, 2016
I’m sorry, Melania Trump is lecturing us on how social media is being used to bully people? Is this inception? Where’s my fucking totem?
— Scott Kurtz (@pvponline) November 3, 2016
Vote for Trump so we can defeat bullying and mean-spiritedness, said nobody ever besides Melania Trump — Nick Wing (@nickpwing) November 3, 2016
Did Melania Trump’s speech essentially denounce her husband? — Blair A. Robertson Ⓥ (@Blarob) November 3, 2016
Melania Trump promoting decency on social media is like Mrs. Dahmer promoting veganism. — Jason Pinter (@jasonpinter) November 3, 2016
Dept. of Are You Kidding Me?: Melania Trump’s platform would be making people nicer on social media. “Our culture has gotten too mean.” pic.twitter.com/DVyPGQAR3b — Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) November 3, 2016
Hearing Melania Trump talk abt treating others w. kindness & respect is the most unnerving case of cognitive dissonance I’ve witnessed. — Aisha Sultan (@AishaS) November 3, 2016
Melania’s next speech will focus mostly on the evils of overuse of tanning sprays
— Stephen Gutowski (@StephenGutowski) November 3, 2016
Melania Trump lambasts bullying of women and children.
Are. You. Freaking. Kidding. Me?
— Nathan Lean (@nathanlean) November 3, 2016
I agree 100% with Melania Trump. Let’s stop bullying, demeaning women, and threats on social media. And I know a great person to start with — (((Ian Hest))) (@IanHest) November 3, 2016