I’m not into writing about Melania Trump because she doesn’t make policy and we have enough to keep track of from those who actually do so in this administration. Also, a lot of the press about most first ladies is really just gossip and that doesn’t interest me at all.
But yesterday Melania stepped into the public arena with her “Be Best” campaign, focused at least in part on how to help children avoid cyber bullying. For many on the left, it is rather ironic, given that her husband happens to literally be the Bully-in-Chief. There was even some talk about how she might be trolling Donald with this initiative. Who knows?
But there is something even more deeply disturbing about the pamphlet associated with the first lady’s campaign.
Fun fact: The White House trumpets “Talking with Kids about Being Online” as “a booklet by First Lady Melania Trump and the Federal Trade Commission.” Except for an intro, it’s exactly the same thing Obama’s FTC put out. pic.twitter.com/AEf6F0gBbt
— The Rude Pundit (@rudepundit) May 7, 2018
You can find Melania’s version here and the one from Obama’s FTC here. They changed the title and added an introduction, but they didn’t even bother with changing the graphics, and almost none of the content.
Since people started noticing, there was one edit.
The first version read: “Parents, click here to read Talking with Kids about Being Online, a booklet by First Lady Melania Trump and the Federal Trade Commission.”
The updated website reads: “Parents, click here to read “Talking with Kids about Being Online,” a Federal Trade Commission booklet, promoted by First Lady Melania Trump.”
Of course people are making the connection to that time when Melania Trump plagiarized Michelle Obama’s speech.
It’s hard to know what to make of this pattern. Either Melania Trump is doing this purposefully and is perhaps the most brilliant troll we’ve ever witnessed against her husband’s obsession with destroying Obama’s legacy, or it is yet another reminder of the utter ignorance and lazy incompetence that prevails in this White House. Personally, I’d lean towards the latter.