Opinion: To #BeBest or Not?
The First Lady's priority in the White House may be cyberbullying, but Donald Trump Jr. didn't get the message.
President Donald Trump's eldest son Donald Trump Jr. tweeted profanity towards CNN commentator Symone D. Sanders last night, surrounding the recent report of a college student murdered by an undocumented man.
On Twitter, Sanders claimed the death of college student Mollie Tibbetts was because "she told a man to leave her alone while she was jogging."
"Her murderer happens to be undocumented. This isn’t about border security. This is about toxic masculinity. Mollie Tibbetts lost her life b/c a man couldn’t take her saying no. Full stop," she added.
"This is what happens when moronic Politically Correct culture is allowed to rule over common sense and rational thinking. Truly one of the dumbest takes on a terrible tragedy I’ve ever seen," replied Trump Jr.
Authorities said Tibbetts, 20, was missing after going for a jog and not appearing the following day for work. The suspect, Cristhian Bahena Rivera, 24, surrendered himself to the police but claimed the only thing he could not remember was the moment Tibbetts was killed.
"Your daddy is an unindicted #CoConspirator. You are the real moron. Toxic masculinity is a thing and I will not be bullied or intimated. #BeBest," Sanders responded via Twitter.
"A person came in from Mexico, illegally, and killed her," argued President Trump in a video he uploaded to Twitter on August 22. As a distraction effort from the convictions of his former personal lawyer and 2016 Presidential campaign manager, Trump used the death of Tibbetts for his immigration policy demands.
Both President Trump and his son often use Twitter to attack criticism; however, Sanders reminded us of First Lady Melania Trump's "Be Best" initiative, focusing on children's well-being and cyberbullying.
Mrs. Trump's "Be Best" initiative on positive social media use lays responsibility on adults to encourage their children to "choose their words wisely and speak with respect and compassion."
Notably, Donald Trump Jr. did not get the message.
Trump Jr.'s attack on Sanders was not unique, as he previously and openly attacked others, including Syrian refugees, the Clinton campaign, and London Mayor Sidiq Khan.
For the First Lady to have a successful "Be Best" campaign, one would think the President of the United States would use his platform to help set an example for millions of children online today.
Instead, President Trump uses his platform regularly to attack Democrats, immigrants, and institutions like the FBI and the Department of Justice.
In the case of Mollie Tibbetts, both the President and First Son used their platforms to address illegal immigration and attack the Democratic party.
In the video posted on Twitter by President Trump, he also called the United States' immigration laws as "strictly pathetic," chiming in about funding his border wall. He did, however, decline Senator Chuck Schumer's (D-NY) previous offer to fully fund the wall in exchange for a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients.
"We need the wall," said Trump. "We have tremendous crime trying to come through the borders," he added.
Asked by CNN for their reaction of the death of Tibbetts, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) empathized with the family and addressed the need for an "immigration system that is effective." Then, she addressed the separation of children from their parents at the southern border.
Quickly, the Senator's reaction received a response from Trump Jr., who, along with his father, often mock her Native American heritage by calling her "Pocahontas."
"Is the left’s platform really defend anyone but actual Americans? I don’t know how to interpret it any other way," tweeted Trump Jr. on Wednesday in response to the Senator's reaction.
"..We have a representative in Congress who has been here a long time... longer than you—they call her Pocahontas!" said President Trump during an event honoring Navajo veterans in 2017, referring to Senator Warren.