When first lady Melania Trump announced her “Be Best” campaign, which aims to stop bullying, there were more than a few eyebrows raised.
Reactions varied from disbelief to mockery, given her husband Donald Trump’s tendency to lash out and call people names, particularly online.
But the New York Times has reported that even her husband thought the anti-bullying initiative should be avoided. The paper reports that president Trump urged Melania choose a different topic to focus on.
According to the Times, Trump thought that his wife would be opening herself up to backlash given his reputation for bullying on Twitter, which we must admit is oddly self-aware.
But Melania did not listen to the president's warning. Following backlash and accusations of hypocrisy, the project was also met with allegations of plagiarism after it was discovered that a campaign booklet copied a document first published by the Federal Trade Commission under the Obama administration.
This will undoubtedly be an unwelcome reminder of the first lady’s Republican convention speech, which famously used the exact same words as a speech by Michelle Obama.