On Friday morning, soon-to-be-ex-First Lady Melania Trump posted a video to Twitter celebrating the, uh, “accomplishments” of her “BeBest” anti-bullying program as she prepares to leave her neglected obligations of government behind.
As the legacy of #BeBest comes to a close at the @WhiteHouse, we must continue to give a voice to our Nation's children & the issues that impact their lives. It's the values & spirit of the American people that inspired Be Best & it's those values that will carry on its mission. pic.twitter.com/fRBTWphmlj
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) January 15, 2021
Unfortunately for her, it’s obvious to everyone that from the outset the “BeBest” program was a largely performative and transparently half-hearted attempt to make it look like the First Lady was making a cursory effort to fulfill the traditional duties of the First Lady.
She never bothered to square the inherent contradiction in running an anti-bullying program when her husband spent the entirety of the election and his term in office bullying everyone and anyone who offered up the meekest of criticism and, in the most Trumpian twist imaginable, actually used the auspices of the BeBest program to bully her own former friend leaking embarrassing information about her to the media.
Perhaps recognizing the absurd hypocrisy of the BeBest program when it was revealed that her husband’s administration was tearing thousands of children away from their parents and incarcerating them in concentration camps, Melania withdrew even further from the public eye and stopped pretending to care — which we learned literally when she wore a jacket emblazoned with “I Don’t Really Care, Do U?”
now do u guys remember when melania wore a jacket that says "i really dont care, do u?" on it pic.twitter.com/MLcH3RY92w
— cyber groupie (@CALIFORNIACRUE) November 9, 2020
The BeBest program ended its second year with “few of the objectives announced at the first anniversary accomplished” and existed “without specific policy or legislation goals, and most of its accomplishments in terms of advancing funding for children’s issues under the banner of ‘Be Best’ come via partnerships with programs that already exist within the federal government.”
Beyond a few visits to hospitals and White House children’s events, Melania’s legacy is one of absence and reluctantly fulfilled obligations. It pales in comparison to the vibrancy and passion of former First Lady Michelle Obama, who became a national icon for her tireless fight for girl’s education across the globe, healthy meals for kids here in America, and encouraging exercise in America’s youth.
We are sure that Dr. Jill Biden will restore the dignity and empathy to the First Lady’s Office that it has lacked for so long — just as her husband will to the office of the Presidency itself.
Social media users were quick to give Melania and the BeBest program the send-off it deserves:
#BeBest has been a painfully absurd fraud. Your husband tried to bully a nation into keeping him in power—and as a result five people died and the US was traumatized. Let’s hope the legacy here is one of oblivious hypocrisy. (Oh yeah, caged kids. He did that, too.) https://t.co/M2ZQONY32w
— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) January 15, 2021
Be Best. pic.twitter.com/sKMB6ydLJv
— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) January 15, 2021
You have been married to the greatest bully on the planet, who you watched publicly and perpetually harass people on social media to such a degree that millions were physically and emotionally traumatized, and many died.
It will be a joy to watch you leave.
— John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) January 15, 2021
What legacy? Your husband demonstrated to children all over America that bullying wasn't just okay, it was something the President of the United States does. He modeled childish temper tantrums and insults for four years. That's your legacy, lady. https://t.co/d0wNRT5hRv
— Elizabeth Spiers (@espiers) January 15, 2021
You've worked hard and I'm glad that now you get to return to your true loves: being rich and never changing facial expressions. https://t.co/lClvqIjUL6
— Gary Legum (@GaryLegum) January 15, 2021
You were shown kindness by the last First Lady, despite the fact that you questioned her husband's American citizenship. You are now refusing to participate in the time-honored hosting of the next First Lady.@Flotus, shove your #BeBest up your phony hind parts https://t.co/XMLvvmux2X
— Lin (@MorteHoeDevon) January 15, 2021
This shit should be ratioed off the face of twitter
— Rafaella (@HeelSpurs000) January 15, 2021
Melania Trump is married to one of the nastiest bullies on the planet and was an active participant in the incredibly racist birther movement against Obama. #BeBest was nothing more than a smokescreen. Be better, Melania. Be much better. https://t.co/8DVyS5MSWA
— Mike P Williams (@Mike_P_Williams) January 15, 2021