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Melania Trump Stirs Controversy with Speech at Major Event — Did You See This?

Are you proud of America's first lady? Check out the remarks on Monday that are drawing lots of attention

First lady Melania Trump spoke out against cyberbullying on Monday as part of her Be Best campaign, warning against “destructive and harmful” uses of social media to a crowd made up of social media companies, federal agencies, educational organizations, youth programs, and law enforcement, multiple outlets including ABC News reported.

She said that everyone attending shared one goal: “to pave a smooth way forward for our children, our next generation.”

The “cyberbullying summit” took place in Rockville, Maryland, where the first lady pointed out that children can be more aware of the dangers of social media than the adults responsible for their safety.

“Let’s face it: Most children are more aware of the benefits and pitfalls of social media than some adults, but we still need to do all we can to provide them with information and tools for successful and safe online habits,” she said.

It’s not a stretch to guess what happened after the first lady made her remarks on responsible social media usage; she was promptly bullied by those on social media who refuse to see her as separate from her husband, who often uses Twitter to call others out and also to explain policy decisions.

“The hypocrisy is so thick it almost feels like this is all a joke,” said one Twitter user with the handle of “Menace.”

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Another tweeted, “I am really trying to ‘Be Best’ but look at these clowns.”

Another posted, “How many faces ago was that for her?”

Other comments cannot be included here, as they’re so vulgar and foul.

“It’s ironic that full-grown adults can’t appreciate the message the first lady is conveying, no matter what their personal feelings about the president are,” one Boston-area sales professional, 57, told LifeZette.

“These angry individuals with too much time on their hands don’t see they would strengthen any position they might have by agreeing at least some of the time that things really are going well now — take the economy — and that her message may be the most important one she or anyone could share today.”

See the first lady’s remarks in the video, below.

Melania Trump’s spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, spelled out the willful refusal by many to take the first lady’s message as sincere and needed, whatever the president’s actions may be, calling Mrs. Trump “independent.”

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“She’s addressed this before,” Grisham told CNN. “She is well aware of the criticism, but that will not deter her from doing what she feels is right. I would hope most people in this country are proud that they have a strong and independent first lady who only has the best interests of children at heart — I know I am.”

The first lady talked about the goals of the Be Best campaign, launched in May during her remarks.

“In today’s global society, social media is an inevitable part of our children’s daily lives. It can be used in many positive ways, but can also be destructive and harmful when used incorrectly. This is why Be Best chooses to focus on the importance of teaching our next generation how to conduct themselves safely and in a positive manner in an online setting,” she said.

After speaking, Mrs. Trump took a seat in the front row and listened to a panel discussion featuring representatives from Facebook, Google, Twitter, and the nonprofit Family Online Safety Institute talk about steps they’re taking to make the internet safer, ABC News reported.

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