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No way to treat a first lady

Debra Saunders on

WASHINGTON -- After all the lectures from the superior folks on the left about the, well, "deplorable" tone of the Trump base, it has come to this: Tuesday morning, middle and high school students booed first lady Melania Trump as she spoke at the B'More Youth Summit on Opioid Awareness.

Rather than use the cringe-inducing incident as a teachable moment about civility, which is a focus of the first lady's "Be Best" anti-drug, anti-bullying campaign, progressive pundits applauded the teens' nasty tantrum.

April Ryan of Urban Radio tweeted, "Your husband can't disrespect #Baltimore & its late, great leader Rep. Elijah Cummings & then @FLOTUS thinks it's going to be all love. In order to show others how to #BeBest, Melania Trump has to convince @realDonaldTrump."

Tweeps typed out a new hashtag #Melaniabooed so they could share their glee at attempts to humiliate the first lady.

Progressive activist Ryan Knight crowed, "@FLOTUS is not a victim. She got booed because she sat back in silence as her husband has betrayed our country, our constitution, and our values. She's earned every single one of these boos. HER SILENCE IS COMPLICITY."

Actor Mark Hamill came out with what he clearly considered a clever retake on the first lady's anti-bullying and anti-drug "Be Best" efforts. "#Boobest," tweeted Hamill. (Alas, young Skywalker has gone to the dark side.)

 

"In my years covering her, this was the first booing of @FLOTUS by a crowd at one of her solo events," said CNN's Kate Bennett, who was with the pool that covered the event.

The president's family members are civilians. Unless they make overtly partisan statements, they should be off-limits from the commander in chief's constant critics, who never sleep.

Melania Trump's "Be Best" campaign, to my mind, is the first lady's unique way of standing up to her husband's bullying ways. Her signature issue is an unapologetic call for more civility and less self-destruction -- and that is driving progressive furies insane.

She got booed, not for scolding kids on drug use, but for telling those struggling with addiction to "reach out for support." And assuring them, "It is never too late to ask for help."

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