Melania Trump did not receive a warm welcome in the city her husband recently described as “a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess.”
The first lady was in Baltimore on Tuesday (Nov. 26) to speak at the B’More Youth Summit on Opioid Awareness and many in the crowd, which was largely made up of people of color, youth, and city residents, loudly booed her as she took the stage, the Washington Post reports.
The jeering continued for most of her five-minute speech and got louder again when she left the stage, the Washington Post reports.
Earlier this year, Donald Trump went on a rant for several weeks about Baltimore and the late Rep. Elijah Cummings, which proudly represented the Maryland city where he was from.
Baltimore’s numbers are the worst in the United States on Crime and the Economy. Billions of dollars have been pumped in over the years, but to no avail. The money was stolen or wasted. Ask Elijah Cummings where it went. He should investigate himself with his Oversight Committee!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 30, 2019
In response to Tuesday’s sneers and jeers from the audience at the summit, Mrs. Trump defended the attendees’ rights to express their opinion.
She also defended her stance on speaking out against the harms of opioids, the Washington Post reports.
“We live in a democracy and everyone is entitled to their opinion, but the fact is we have a serious crisis in our country and I remain committed to educating children on the dangers and deadly consequences of drug abuse,” she said in a statement released shortly after the event, the Washington Post reports.
Not everyone was so understanding of the crowds’ reactions.
“Because it’s Melania Trump, people feel as though they get a pass,” Fox’s Tomi Lahren said. “It’s absolutely wrong. It’s despicable. Young people need to learn a lesson in this country, you just respect people.”
Fox's Tomi Lahren attacks the "despicable" children who booed Melania Trump in Baltimore: "Because it's Melania Trump, people feel as though they get a pass. It's absolutely wrong. It's despicable. Young people need to learn a lesson in this country, you just respect people." pic.twitter.com/X4WjVRzbGm— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) November 27, 2019
I am proud of you. The kids who disrespected you only know what the leftists,or tv tells them. I am so sorry you were treated rudely by a handful of misinformed youth. I hope the adults were more respectable Manners are an important part of self control God Bless you and yours.— Jo Anne moretti (@JoAnneMoretti) November 27, 2019
Others had a different perspective on the situation and didn’t hesitate to share their reactions on social media.
If your president husband calls the city “a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess" where "no human being would want to live" and then you hold an "anti-bullying" event there, on behalf of the White House, honeslty, what do you expect? https://t.co/mF8s0DcfzB— Dominic Holden (@dominicholden) November 26, 2019
Reap what you sow.— Beta Ray Bob (@BetaRayBob1) November 26, 2019
I sure miss Michelle!— Maddie (@Madeleine2161) November 27, 2019
Well in a way it's sad as I don't believe Melania wanted to be there. Melania didn't want to be first lady. Hell she doesn't even want to be a trump. But get that money!— Pete Betz (@BetzPete) November 26, 2019
Besides the fact she’s married to the worst American President ever... I don’t have anything against her. I have a feeling we’ll see less of her now.— Melissa Combs (@melissacombs_) November 26, 2019
According to one person on Twitter, Tuesday’s event was not the first time the FLOTUS has been booed.
Melania Trump was just booed at a public event for the third time in a little over a month. Given the chance, would YOU boo Melania? If so, why? https://t.co/ObMry7jLB7— Jon Cooper 🇺🇸 (@joncoopertweets) November 26, 2019
In 2017, President Trump donated a quarter of his $400,000 annual salary toward efforts to stem the opioid crisis, CNBC reports.
On Tuesday (Nov. 26), he repeated that donation. Since taking office, Trump has committed to donating his entire salary to various causes, CNBC reports.
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