First lady Melania Trump was blasted online for refusing to stand up to her husband's attacks on teenager Greta Thunberg, who has become a climate activist demanding a cleaner future for her generation.
The first lady's campaign "Be Best," is supposed to fight bullying, but when it comes to the bullying by her husband, Mrs. Trump has a blind spot. She explained in a tweet Friday that since Thunberg is an activist she deserves whatever she gets. By contrast, no one can mention her son with the president.
Mrs. Trump and the president's children lashed out at a constitutional law professor for using Barron Trump's name as an example of the president's power. "He can name his son Barron he cannot make him a baron." The first lady called it "an attack on a minor child." The professor later apologized for daring to say the president's son's name in public.
It drew attention to the fact that the president is considered by some to be a horrible father.
But when Trump raged at Thunberg for beating him for TIME's Person of the Year, it wasn't considered bullying, something the internet called absurd. #BeBest began trending nationally as the first lady was ripped for refusing to follow her own example.
You can see the tweets below:
The "#BeBest" rules on which kids you can mock on Twitter are out. https://t.co/CcgfhuTwbN— Noah Bierman (@Noah Bierman) 1576264194.0
DESPICABLE: Melania #BeBest Trump defends her husband's vile attack on 16 year old Greta Thunberg. Melania-like Do… https://t.co/dj9r1Es97l— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@(((DeanObeidallah)))) 1576266874.0
Melania Trump is the worst First Lady in modern history, probably ever. https://t.co/gwxteheZCi— Dr. Jeffrey Guterman (@Dr. Jeffrey Guterman) 1576266443.0
Ah I see. If the teenager has agency or expresses opinions, she’s fair game. As long as kids keep their mouths shut… https://t.co/UDYB4jYqPl— The Mountain Goats (@The Mountain Goats) 1576265812.0
A very courageous stand the First Lady is taking against bullying here https://t.co/a32jcqkNye— Tierney Sneed (@Tierney Sneed) 1576265975.0
This is dangerous ideology. Children only deserve respect when they behave in the way one wishes. That is your firs… https://t.co/cCUghoSDM9— That's Rev. Dr. To You (@That's Rev. Dr. To You) 1576265610.0
Here is the piece of shit press secretary explaining why the piece of shit First Lady doesn’t care that her piece o… https://t.co/NauCYEsYCK— Adam Parkhomenko (@Adam Parkhomenko) 1576264726.0
So @FLOTUS’ message is: If you are a child and decide to do something important with your life that you are outspo… https://t.co/TdhcIAPdmQ— Liddle’ Savage (@Liddle’ Savage) 1576264856.0
@KateBennett_DC @PressSec @FLOTUS @realDonaldTrump @GretaThunberg So basically “she was asking for it”. Awesome take Melanie. #BeBest— James 🏳️🌈 (@James 🏳️🌈) 1576266113.0
Woooooow! #BeBest, but only if you're not in her husband's crosshairs. Yugh! @FLOTUS is a disgrace to our country. https://t.co/nHnDuAZR6u— Em🇵🇷 (@Em🇵🇷) 1576267058.0
Message from @FLOTUS 's #BeBest movement: Adults bullying children is not okay. Unless...said child is an activist… https://t.co/Ainf9NegMz— James Michael Sama (@James Michael Sama) 1576265742.0
It's been a busy few years, but let's not lose sight of the fact that the First Lady is a clueless idiot who does h… https://t.co/mESfKU8aKx— Krister Johnson (@Krister Johnson) 1576268103.0
Really glad they have okayed dropping the pedal on kids other than their own. #BeBest unless one of these little sh… https://t.co/1M4oQAQPR9— Titus (@Titus) 1576267152.0
@KateBennett_DC @PhilipRucker @PressSec @FLOTUS @realDonaldTrump @GretaThunberg So, in spite of her #BeBest campaig… https://t.co/fICr0iCpO1— Mystery Fuzzer (@Mystery Fuzzer) 1576265055.0
Greta ❤️ Apparently, exceptions also include children who happen to be activists. #BeBest https://t.co/HgmQC3Ojwd— Jean Podrasky (@Jean Podrasky) 1576268759.0
@RawStory Melania"s idea if #BeBest is not the same as most #bebestmyass— Maggie Drake (@Maggie Drake) 1576266409.0
Instead of #BeBest let’s try #BestBe as in “If Melania’s gonna call out adults for bullying minors, then she… https://t.co/8b9pcZq2vX— Jaleesa Johnson (@Jaleesa Johnson) 1576251468.0
@KateBennett_DC @Acosta @PressSec @FLOTUS @realDonaldTrump @GretaThunberg People are saying Melanie's #BeBest campa… https://t.co/E5YMw85tle— Trumpy Trumpy ........................... (parody) (@Trumpy Trumpy ........................... (parody)) 1576265397.0
Today's syndicate cartoon. Thanks for sharing. #GretaThunbergOutdidTrump #GretaThurnberg #GretaOwnsTrump #greta… https://t.co/svEB80X2iL— Ed Hall (@Ed Hall) 1576256934.0
@grantstern @mkraju No excuse he's supposed to be the adult. Hello #BeBest— JustMe (@JustMe) 1576258195.0