In her speech, Trump outlined the three pillars of her innovative. She will focus on children’s well-being, social media use, and opioid abuse.
“I feel strongly that as adults we can and should be best at educating our children about the importance of a healthy and balanced life,” the first lady said. “As a mother and as first lady, it concerns me that in today’s fast-paced and ever-connected world, children can be less prepared to express or manage their emotions and oftentimes turn to forms of destructive or addictive behavior such as bullying, drug addiction, or even suicide”
As anticipated, Trump addressed the negative uses of social media — as President Donald Trump watched from the front row.
“As we all know, social media can both positively and negatively affect our children. But too often, it is used in negative ways,” said Trump. “When children learn positive online behaviors early on, social media can be used in productive ways and can affect positive change.”
Critics immediately picked up on the irony of the first lady’s platform, given her husband’s own Twitter use, an irony that Trump has addressed in the past.
But there was no rebuttal for the latest critique of Trump: Many think the first lady stole the “Be Best” slogan from Michelle Obama.
In June 2016, the former first lady sat down with Oprah Winfrey to speak about feminism. One of the biggest takeaways was Obama telling men in the workplace to “be better.”
Trump is feeling the heat from those who believe “Be Best” and “Be Better” are too similar, much like the Trump/Obama plagiarism controversy of 2016 when Trump’s campaign speech at the Republican National Convention sounded an awful lot like the speech Obama gave to the Democratic National Convention in 2008.
The jokes were nonstop on Twitter.
Michelle Obama said "Be Better” in a talk with Oprah in 2016. Ever the plagiarist, Melania announced her #BeBest initiative, in a sad attempt to outdo Mrs. Obama.
Seems the only original thought Melania is going to have is divorce. pic.twitter.com/7C1j58ixFd
— April (@ReignOfApril) May 7, 2018
THEY HAVE NO NEW IDEAS
— Neurotica Provocatrix (@TbBrame) May 7, 2018
— SaveOurCountry (@BershodM) May 7, 2018
Oooh snap. So she is stealing Michelle's ideas again?
— Lisa calls bullshit! (@MamaBear64) May 7, 2018
Melania Trump is best when she's plagiarizing Michelle Obama.
— Fredrick Soukup (@21stcenturyfred) May 7, 2018
Michelle Obama: “Be Better”
Melania Trump: “Be Best”
— Erin O (@ekobrien) May 7, 2018
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