First Lady Melania Trump’s “Be Best” anti-cyberbullying campaign became a viral hashtag on Thursday and began trending on Twitter after President Trump launched his latest Twitter attack on 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, who was named Time’s “Person of the Year.”
Trump tweeted earlier Thursday that it was “ridiculous” that Time magazine chose Thunberg as its “Person of the Year,” an honor he was on the shortlist for.
“So ridiculous. Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill!” Trump tweeted Thursday morning.
So ridiculous. Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill! https://t.co/M8ZtS8okzE
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2019
Thousands of social media users urged Melania to respond to her husband’s remarks in light of her “Be Best” campaign, which encourages children to be kind on social media and speak “with respect and compassion.”
Many also noted that Melania criticized legal expert Pamela Karlan last week after Karlan mentioned the Trumps’ teenage son, Barron, during testimony as part of the House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry.
“Pamela Karlan, you should be ashamed of your very angry and obviously biased public pandering, and using a child to do it,” Melania Trump wrote in a rare tweet.
Karlan later apologized for her comments, saying, “I want to apologize for what I said earlier about the president’s son. It was wrong of me to do that. I wish the president would apologize, obviously, for the things that he’s done that’s wrong, but I do regret having said that.”
#BeBest and @FLOTUS you might want to have a discussion with your husband about treatment of children in public, I think that is a passion of yours. No? https://t.co/LhBFITN72e
— Jennifer Gunter (@DrJenGunter) December 12, 2019
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) wrote that she agrees with the first lady that “children are off limits.”
“Tell your husband to #bebest and go enroll himself in anger management instead of attacking such a brilliant and courageous teenager fighting for climate change,” Waters wrote. “@GretaThunberg we got your back!”
Melania, we agree. Children are off limits. Tell your husband to #bebest and go enroll himself in anger management instead of attacking such a brilliant and courageous teenager fighting for climate change. @GretaThunberg we got your back!
— Maxine Waters (@RepMaxineWaters) December 12, 2019
“What say you, anti-bullying crusader, #BeBest warrior, minor child privacy protector @FLOTUS?” wrote Andy Lassner, the executive producer of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”
What say you, anti-bullying crusader, #BeBest warrior, minor child privacy protector @FLOTUS? pic.twitter.com/X286R4nqq6
— andy lassner (@andylassner) December 12, 2019
Actress Bette Midler wrote that the president was “bullying” Thunberg and it apparently went “unnoticed” by Melania Trump and her advisers.
Thank you for bringing the hypocrisy of #FLOTUS’ #BeBest campaign to our attention. Her husband’s bullying Ms. Thunberg, a child, seems to have gone unnoticed by her “team”, and by extension, by Melania herself. https://t.co/0lvNM9tw9F
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) December 12, 2019
While Thunberg did not address President Trump’s recent comments, she did change her bio on Twitter to describe herself as a “teenager working on her anger management problem.”
“Currently chilling and watching a good old fashioned movie with a friend,” her bio reads.
The president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., criticized Time magazine on Monday for selecting the activist “as a marketing gimmick” instead of pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong.