Melania Trump: ‘We Must Treat Each Other with Respect and Kindness, Even When We Disagree’

By Melanie Arter | November 3, 2016 | 3:19pm EDT
This Associated Press file photo shows Melania Trump during a February campaign stop in Manchester, New Hampshire. (AP Photo)

( – In her first solo appearance on the campaign trail, Melania Trump told supporters at a rally in Berwyn, Pa., that if her husband is elected president, her focus as first lady will be on cyberbullying.

“As adults, many of us are able to handle mean words, even lies. Children and teenagers can be fragile. They’re hurt when they are made fun of or made to feel less in looks or intelligence. This makes their life hard and can force them to hide and retreat,” Mrs. Trump said.


“As we know, now social media is a centerpiece of our lives. It can be a useful tool for connection and communication. It can ease isolation that so many feel in the modern world. Technology has changed our universe, but like anything that is powerful, it can have a bad side. We have seen this already,” she said.

“Our culture has gotten too mean and too rough, especially to children and teenagers. It is never okay when a 12-year-old boy is mocked, bullied or attacked. It is terrible when that happens on the playground, and it is absolutely unacceptable when it’s done by someone with no name hiding on the internet,” Mrs. Trump added.

“We have to find a better way to talk to each other, to disagree with each other, to respect each other. We must find better ways to honor and support the basic goodness of our children, especially in social media. It will one of the main focuses of my work if I’m privileged enough to become your first lady,” she said.

“We need to teach our youth American values – kindness, honesty, respect, compassion, charity, understanding, corporation. I do worry about all of our children,” Mrs. Trump said.

She also said she plans to focus on improving life for women.

“I will also work hard to improve everyday life for women. The women in America [are] incredible. They are strong, intelligent, generous, committed, determined. With opportunity, women will advance and achieve, but some women have been left behind. I see that,” Mrs. Trump said.

“We cannot call ourselves a fully developed or advanced nation when 50 percent of our women live in poverty, when 16 million are without health insurance, when too many are choosing between basic needs like rent, food, and health care. This cannot be. We cannot afford to have more of the same,” she added. “We must break with the failures of the past and embrace a future that is worthy of this great nation and her beautiful people.

“We must come together as Americans. We must treat each other with respect and kindness, even when we disagree,” Mrs. Trump said.

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