Cognitive Dissonance 101: Hours after her vile sick bully of a husband bullied a pregnant Gold Star widow - thus infuriating every normal person who noted that if he wasn't such an incorrigible creep he could have simply apologized for a misunderstanding - Melania traveled to Michigan to launch her alleged anti-bullying campaign during the White House's alleged National Bullying Prevention Month initiative. In an excruciatingly robotic, mercifully brief appearance at Orchard Lake Middle School in West Bloomfield, Mich., the alleged FLOTUS struggled to make stiff small talk with - eek! - children of color as part of a "No One Eats Alone Day" event, encouraging them to "find a new friend."
Not to be outdone in the wait-you're-friggin'-kidding-me department, she was accompanied by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who is currently, deservedly finding friends in short supply having just rescinded 72 federal policy documents guarding the rights of children with disabilities in schools. DeVos has become the target of the hashtag #ThisIsMyChild, under which scores of parents of special needs kids have posted adorable photos of their kids along with heartrending, uplifting, furious stories about their challenges, achievements and reliance on the protections DeVos is stripping away. The best summary of their message to DeVos: "You are evil and cruel."
Alas, Melania met some resistance as well - the Washington Post helpfully added an annotated version of her comments - though it's hard to tell under those layers of makeup, privilege and complicity if the vast discrepancies of her mission even register with her. In an earlier statement "as part of my ongoing commitment to the overall well-being of children," she had earnestly argued, "It is our responsibility to take the lead in teaching children the values of empathy and communication that are at the core of kindness, mindfulness, integrity, and leadership."
To this, a gazillion observers said, basically, WTF? At the school, some kids happily snapped selfies with her: For better or worse, she is, after all, the First Lady. Others declined to be gaslighted: Given her own point that kids "are always watching and listening" and the impressive bullshit radar many kids have, some kids looked determinedly skeptical. Many adults suggested the best way to fight bullying is, duh, to be the change she wants to be and start at home with the rabid Bullier-In-Chief. "Why go all the way to Michigan? Your husband is bullying a widow right now," one wrote.
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