uring the 2016 presidential election, without any sense of irony whatsoever, Melania Trump pledged to focus on the problem of bullying during her time as the first lady. Yesterday, she joined Betsy DeVos (yes, that Betsy DeVos) at a middle school in Michigan to kick off National Bullying Prevention Month's "Week of Inclusion."
It did not go well.
The first lady visited Orchard Lake Middle School in West Bloomfield, Michigan. As part of her visit, Melania spoke to sixth-grade students about the importance of respecting others, kindness, and inclusion. Here's a picture of that:
Just let that sink in for a second.
Melania Trump, or possibly her body double, is trying to teach kids about the importance of not being a bully.
Seriously. Let's take a closer look at the kids' faces.
This young man is clearly skeptical of Melania’s anti-bullying rhetoric.
Which makes sense because Melania is married to a bully who mocks 84-year-old Supreme Court justices.
This kid looks like he's just looking for the best way to escape the situation.
Which also makes sense because Melania Trump was talking to him about bullying.
And Melania Trump’s husband is a bully who chided the victims of Hurricane Maria for costing the U.S. government a lot of money.
This child's thoughts can be summed up with one word.
He doesn’t appear to want anything to do with listening to Melania Trump talk about how bullying is bad.
Probably because Melania Trump is married to a bully who told a military widow that her husband “must’ve known what he signed up for.”
And this girl...OK, you can't really tell what she's thinking, but we bet it's something along the lines of, "Is this lady for real right now?"
We’re not sure the students learned anything about bullying, but they did learn an important lesson about cognitive dissonance.
And that’s proving to be exceedingly useful these days.