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Melania’s Anti-Cyberbullying Initiative Criticized After Trump’s Mika Tweets

First Lady Melania Trump is receiving grief for her anti-cyberbullying campaign after her husband tweeted about MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough Thursday morning.

“As the first lady has stated publicly in the past, when her husband gets attacked, he will punch back 10 times harder,” Melania’s spokesperson, Stephanie Grisham tweeted.

President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday:

Brzezinski replied:

Since Trump’s tweets, Melania’s campaign has been criticized as hypocritical and ineffective.

“This reminds me: how is @FLOTUS’s campaign against cyber-bullying going?” CNN host Jake Tapper tweeted.

USA Today struck out at Melania, saying her anti-cyberbullying effort has progressed little, and Newsweek said that little advocacy work has been done. The Week also took a swipe at the first lady, saying “it’s apparently okay when a woman is attacked by her 71-year-old husband.”

“Mrs. Trump is being very thoughtful when it comes to building out her initiatives,” Grisham said of Melania’s campaign. She values “quality over quantity.”

“Our culture has gotten too mean and too rough, especially to children and teenagers,” Melania said in November, according to The Guardian. “It is never OK when a 12-year-old girl or boy is mocked, bullied or attacked. It is terrible when that happens on the playground and it is absolutely unacceptable when it’s done by someone with no name hiding on the internet.”

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