Donald Trump’s wife Melania made her first speech at a campaign rally since her RNC speech was found to have been plagiarized. A cornerstone of her plea to voters was to vote for her husband because as First Lady she plans to focus on ending cyber bulling.
The irony of the statement was not lost online and in the media. It prompted CNN’s Jake Tapper to confess, “I have to be honest, I don’t know any major public figure in America who launches more personal negative attacks against people via social media than Donald Trump.” It prompted Tapper to ask Trump’s deputy campaign manager David Bossie, “If it’s not okay for kids to do it, why is it okay for Donald Trump to do it?”
Bossie reiterated the call that cyber bullying of children must end and heralded Mrs. Trump for her statements against it. “Now, Mr. Trump takes on his opponents and takes on the liberal media. That’s not cyber bullying,” he explained.
“That’s not hiding behind — cyber bullying mostly is people hiding behind things. Mr. Trump takes on those who take him on, and he takes them on directly and forcefully. That has nothing to do with cyber bullying,” Bossie said.
Tapper wasn’t having it. “Actually, a lawyer with the internet safety group Wired Safety described Mr. Trump’s behavior in the New York Times as a textbook example of cyber bullying because he goads his followers on Twitter into parroting his attacks. This expert saying Donald Trump is exhibit A.”
Bossie was dubious of a so-called expert and instead directed the focus to comedians like Jon Stewart and Saturday Night Live for their satire in poking fun at the election and the candidates.
Check out the full interview below and take particular note of the deafening silence Bossie exhibits when Tapper fact checks him on the claim that there is no evidence to support the claim that Trump ever assaulted or harassed any woman.