The White House announced Monday that first lady Melania Trump would be visiting Baltimore to talk to students about the danger of opioid addiction and abuse.
‚ÄĒ The White House (@WhiteHouse) November 26, 2019
Both the Washington Post and ABC News report that the first lady was met with boos and hisses from the audience of middle school and high school students, with the Post noting in its tweet that President Trump had called the city rat and rodent-infested in a July tweet.
Melania Trump is booed while speaking to students in Baltimore https://t.co/qbgjyJ6agx
‚ÄĒ The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) November 26, 2019
First lady Melania Trump was welcomed to the stage at an opioid awareness summit in Baltimore with some cheers‚ÄĒbut also a loud chorus of boos that continued for almost a minute. https://t.co/gL16F02DV9
‚ÄĒ ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) November 26, 2019
Despite an almost assured adverse reception, first lady Melania Trump spoke about opioid abuse at the B‚ÄôMore Youth Summit for Opioid Awareness in a city that President Trump derided as a ‚Äúrat and rodent infested mess‚ÄĚ in a July tweet.
She was met with boos and hisses the second she stepped onstage from a crowd that consisted of mostly high school and middle school students. The boos were sustained for one minute of her five-minute speech, and the audience spoke throughout.
Students who booed said later that they did so because they believe the president is racist and were offended by his comments about Baltimore.
Classy. ‚ÄúDespite an almost assured adverse reception.‚ÄĚ Call us crazy, but it‚Äôs really disrespectful to boo the first lady, and for school kids to do it? We‚Äôre sure they‚Äôll be disciplined by their teachers or the principal ‚Ä¶ yeah, right. Instead, they‚Äôre interviewed by the Washington Post.
This isn‚Äôt quite as bad as medical professionals at¬†Boston Medical Center staged a walk-out when Trump visited to highlight¬†the hospital‚Äôs cuddle program for babies born addicted to drugs or alcohol, but it‚Äôs bad. Apparently her assistance isn‚Äôt welcome anywhere.
Speaking of disrespectful, the comments to both stories are filled with tweets like ‚Äúkarma‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúgood.‚ÄĚ At least a few people had some sense.
Apparently they were high during morals & ethics classes, & certainly haven't learned anything about respect in their short lives. Keep up the good work First Lady, perhaps they'll get the message before they OD.
‚ÄĒ SonJa (@SonJa41243694) November 26, 2019
Crazy, I didn‚Äôt know anti Trumpers were pro opioid addiction
‚ÄĒ Tim (@10000_steps_day) November 26, 2019
How dare she speak out against drug addiction???? BOO! BOO!
‚ÄĒ dianna (@DiannaDelicious) November 26, 2019
Yes, let‚Äôs boo someone trying help curb the staggering effects of the opioid epidemic. I‚Äôm just glad the brave journos from ABC were there to report the boos. Must show negativity at every opportunity.
‚ÄĒ Weezy1 (@threewireman) November 26, 2019
Highly, highly disappointing that this happened to @FLOTUS at an event for awareness of opioid abuse. This shows how the media once again reports the negative on something that was positive for a huge epidemic.
‚ÄĒ Ken Graham (@Ken_Graham24) November 26, 2019
It's pretty pathetic that these students booed her. She was there for a good cause and rather then listen to her they just booed!!??‚Äć‚ôÄÔłŹ??‚Äć‚ôÄÔłŹ??‚Äć‚ôÄÔłŹ
‚ÄĒ NITAS (@nitashah0) November 26, 2019
People should be ashamed. No matter who it is if they are trying to help others and work on the drug problem in the US with children and young adults, we should respect them! Shame on people for being so petty and immature. Stop it!
‚ÄĒ shannon (@shanni5) November 26, 2019
This is unfortunate. She‚Äôs fulfilling her duties. Let her.
‚ÄĒ kiera (@_kierachang_) November 26, 2019
Yea, that‚Äôs classy
‚ÄĒ JeffT (@jjt1142) November 26, 2019
Its Baltimore ??‚Äć‚ôāÔłŹthey want their opioids.
‚ÄĒ Epstein didnt kill himself (@Tom_Sizemore1) November 26, 2019
The school administrators are a disgrace to let that spectacle happen. Makes them look terrible, not Melania.
‚ÄĒ Patricia Kurth (@montanamickey1) November 26, 2019
Coached by resistance teachers no doubt.
‚ÄĒ Richard West ? ‚≠ź‚≠ź‚≠ź (@westrich54) November 26, 2019
By no-class liberals who chose to be there, evidently not to hear about the dangers of opioids tho. Just to boo a woman who‚Äôs never done a damn thing to them.
‚ÄĒ Paula (@evebaby78p) November 26, 2019
Happy Thanksgiving First Lady. I hope and all your family have a blessed one. Thank you for how calm you were to theses 2 year olds. I also want to thank you for all the other things you do despite what‚Äôs going on. I applaud you Mrs. First Lady. Can‚Äôt wait to see what 2020 brings
‚ÄĒ cheryl dyal (@cheryldyal) November 26, 2019
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I am proud of the DEA 360 Strategy and @WahlbergYouth @JWahlly for hosting B‚ÄôMore Youth Summits on Opioid Awareness across the country. We need to work together to educate our nation‚Äôs youth on a healthy and drug-free life.
Thank you for inviting me to join you today! #BeBest pic.twitter.com/yvKd69KZi5
‚ÄĒ Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) November 27, 2019
‚ÄėIt‚Äôs OK to notice she dresses extremely well‚Äô: Mollie Hemingway didn‚Äôt find Melania Trump‚Äôs coat ‚Äėmacabre‚Äô https://t.co/7OCqrSvwiv
‚ÄĒ Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) November 25, 2019