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Melania Slams Media for Covering ‘Idle Gossip or Trivial Stories’

Mrs. Trump minced no words in going after the mainstream press, urging reporters instead to spend more time on issues that truly matter

First lady Melania Trump blasted the media for failing to cover important stories involving the opioid crisis as much as they do “idle gossip or trivial stories.”

Mrs. Trump was taking part in a town hall-style event in Las Vegas with former Fox News host, Eric Bolling, and discussing the drug crisis currently confronting our nation.

Bolling’s son tragically died of an opioid overdose in 2017.

He has given powerful testimony as part of a White House project addressing the ongoing problem in our country.

When asked what the media could do to cover the drug crisis, Melania Trump suggested the problem should be leading the news on a nearly nightly basis.

In doing so, she took a shot at their propensity to focus on the absurd instead.

“I challenge the press to devote as much time to the lives lost — and the potential lives that could be saved — by dedicating the same amount of coverage that you do to idle gossip or trivial stories,” she said.

What a concept, really.

Cover the opioid crisis honestly — and support for the wall will build. If the media covered the opioid crisis with the same fervor they do President Donald Trump, then the American people would overwhelmingly support the building of a wall on the southern border.

And they’d more than likely consider it a national emergency as well.

Honest coverage isn’t exactly in their repertoire.

The White House believes the wall is key to combating a national emergency in the opioid crisis.

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Conservative author Ann Coulter has claimed the heroin crisis and the resulting opioid addictions and death are “100 percent a problem of not having a wall on the border.”

“I think it should be on every media and the front pages of the newspaper,” Melania Trump said, “and I’m sure a lot of people would follow and go home and talk with the children and educate them, so they are responsible adults and they show them how drugs can be dangerous.”

If the media reported the problem truthfully, noting that a good portion of illegal drugs come across the southern border, the public perception of Trump’s national emergency would be quite different.

The “fake news” media might be a favorite punching bag for the president, but the first lady has certainly been willing to spar with them a bit over the years.

She took a dig at them when they criticized her White House Christmas decorations, blasted them for “ridiculing” her cyberbullying campaign, and slammed The New York Times for publishing a “resistance” column in which she said the author was sabotaging the country.

The first lady, responding to constant badgering in the press, claimed that she could be “one of the most bullied people in the world.”

If she keeps knocking out the media for their irresponsible coverage, they’re going to have to start complaining about being bullied instead.

This piece originally appeared in The Political Insider and is used by permission.

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