Melania Trump Gets Criticized For Anti-Bullying Speech

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At a Sept. 20 U.N. luncheon, First Lady Melania Trump spoke out against bullying, urging people across the world to work together to stop kids from suffering at the hands of their peers. Some are saying that she is getting cyberbullied over it, while others found her speech ironic given the statements of her outspoken husband.

"We must teach each child the values of empathy and communication that are at the core of the kindness, mindfulness, integrity and leadership which can only be taught by example," Trump said in the speech, according to Politico. "By our own example, we must teach children to be good stewards of the world they will inherit."

Trump's speech was her highest-profile one as first lady to date, as she has had few public speaking engagements since her husband took office in January.

"When we join together as parents caring for children, whether they live in our own families, across the street, across the nation, or across the globe, we claim our responsibility to the next generation to ensure they are prepared to accept the torch of leadership for the world of tomorrow," she added, according to Fox News. "No child should ever feel hungry, stalked, frightened, terrorized, bullied, isolated or afraid, with nowhere to turn."

The first lady called upon her audience, which included international first spouses such as Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau of Canada, Emine Erdogan of Turkey, and Brigitte Macron of France, to teach "the next generation to lead and honor the golden rule," which she said was a "moral imperative," notes Politico.

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"Nothing could be more urgent nor worthy a cause than preparing future generations for adulthood with true moral clarity and responsibility," Trump continued. "To achieve this, we must come together for the good of our children because through them, our future will be defined."

Mrs. Trump announced that she would fight to end bullying -- and cyberbullying in particular -- in November 2016, shortly before her husband won the presidential election, notes The Guardian.

Though she recommitted to the cause on Sept. 20, the speech was met with some derision. Some people called the first lady's words painfully hypocritical, while others called President Trump a bully and urged him to heed his wife's message.

"Has she met her husband?" one person tweeted.

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A number of people also made fun of her oversized hot pink outfit, which some said looked like a "deep sea diving suit," a "hot air balloon" or "the blueberry girl from Willy Wonka."

Others were quick to point out the irony of such statements.

"And you liberals accuse Trump of bullying lol," responded one Twitter user.

Sources: Politico, Guardian, Fox News, Twitter (2, 3, 4, 5) / Featured Image: Disney - ABC Television Group/Flickr / Embedded Images: Defense Video Imagery Distribution SystemDisney - ABC Television Group/Flickr

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