The New York Post
November 4, 2016
This whole campaign is an epic troll, right?
On Thursday, during Melania Trump’s second major speech, our next potential First Lady said her agenda would be to end cyber-bullying.
“Technology has changed our universe,” she said. “But like anything powerful, it can have a bad side. We have seen this already. As adults, many of us are able to handle mean words, even lies. Children and teenagers can be fragile. They hurt when they are made fun of or made to feel less in looks or intelligence.”
Leaving aside Trump’s real-world bullying — calling Carly Fiorina ugly on the debate stage, mocking a disabled reporter at a rally — it would seem selective amnesia is a requirement for marriage to Donald Trump.
Or perhaps this is an overly generous take on a speech that was ostensibly written by committee and vetted by Trump’s own campaign, a speech that describes, more than anyone America currently knows, our most prolific and popular cyber-bully, one with 12 million Twitter followers.
As the election nears and the polls tighten, is Trump looking for an escape hatch? Was Melania’s speech intended as some kind of suicide-by-cop?
After the first presidential debate, in which Hillary Clinton said Trump had disparaged former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, calling her “Miss Piggy,” Trump began tweeting.
“Did Crooked Hillary help disgusting (check out sex tape and past) Alicia M become a US citizen so she could use her in the debate?” That went up at 5:30 am on Friday, Sept. 30, four days after the debate.
In Trump’s Twitterverse, there is no hierarchy, no person or subject too esteemed or esoteric to escape his wrath.
On former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates: “Dopey . . . a total disaster!”
MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski: “Crazy and very dumb.”
Vanity Fair editor-in-chief Graydon Carter: “A total loser.”
Colin Powell: “I was never a fan.”
Elizabeth Warren: “Pocahontas . . . lowlife . . . very racist!”
Samuel L. Jackson: “Don’t like @SamuelLJackson’s golf swing. Not athletic.”
Megyn Kelly: “I refuse to call Megyn Kelly a bimbo, because that would not be politically correct.”
During the primaries, Trump posted an unflattering photo of Ted Cruz’s wife alongside one of Melania. “A picture is worth a thousand words,” Trump retweeted. It was five minutes to midnight.
Melania Trump delivered her speech in Berwyn, Penn., and was targeting a group Trump needs this Tuesday: white, college-educated suburban women.
“It is never OK when a 12-year-old girl or boy is mocked, bullied or attacked,” Melania said. “It is terrible when it happens on the playground, and it is absolutely unacceptable when it is done by . . . someone on the Internet. We have to find a better way to talk to each other.”
Naturally, Trump disagreed. Appearing on “Good Morning America” yesterday, he doubled down on his online targets.
“Most of them,” he said, “deserved it.”
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