This morning, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski called out the Melania Trump bullying initiative during a segment on their show Morning Joe.
Mrs. Trump made a stop at a Detroit-area middle school yesterday as part of her campaign to combat cyber-bullying. During her lunchtime stop, she asked students to treat each other with kindness and respect.
“I encourage you to find a new friend and eat lunch with the new friends and know a friend,” she told middle schoolers in Bloomfield Hills. “Ask them what they like, what their hobbies are, so nobody becomes sad or stressed, and everybody feels included.”
Scarboruough and Brzezinski immediately ripped into the Melania Trump bullying initiative, bringing up her husband’s track record as a bully himself.
“If you are going to pick anything, that’s an interesting thing for Melania to pick considering, well, I mean, all the insults,” Scarborough began. “He’s constantly…. cyber-bullying. Remember the beauty queen that he said was fat. And ‘Liddle’ Bob Corker, ‘Little Marco’ – he makes fun people for being small.”
“And bullying a general, and of course telling people, it may not be cyber-bullying, and telling people if they beat up other people, he would pay their lawyer’s fee. And we got the Mika thing, when he said she was bleeding badly from the face, at least Melania stepped out and condemned him. Actually no…. she didn’t and she attacked Mika, too.”
Scarborough’s claims are true, as the social climate has become increasingly hostile since Trump took office.
Since the 2016 election, marginalized groups in the United States continue to feel threatened, including the LGBTQ community. In fact, nearly three-fourths of gay and bisexual men believe that LGBTQ bullying and harassment has increased since the election, according to a new survey we conducted in partnership with GLAAD.
The survey, which included approximately one thousand respondents from Hornet’s U.S. user base of gay and bi men, found:
- 72% of Hornet users agreed that LGBTQ bullying and harassment has increased since the 2016 presidential election
- 66% of Hornet users report being bullied or harassed as a child or teen
- 68% have witnessed anti-LGBTQ speech or harassment on social media
- 67% frequently see anti-LGBTQ speech or overt harassment on social media
“Maybe she [First Lady Melania Trump] should start with Patient X, or Patient Zero, (who) she sleeps actually with, the worst bully in America,” said Scarborough.