Melania Trump promises to fight cyber-bullying as First Lady
She also condemned the potential negative impacts of social media and cyber-bullying on the self-esteem of young people.
The wife of the Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump also condemned the potential negative impacts of social media and cyber-bullying on the self-esteem of young people.
She specifically identified the social media as an area where she would like to have a positive influence.
“Our culture has gotten too mean and too rough. Social media is a centrepiece of our lives. But like anything that is powerful, it can have a bad side.
“We have seen this already. As adults, many of us are able to handle mean words, even lies. Children and teenagers can be fragile.
“They are hurt when they are made fun of or made to feel less in looks or intelligence.
“It is never okay 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 unacceptable when it’s done by someone with no name hiding on the internet.
“We have to find a better way to talk to each other, to disagree with each other, to respect each other,” she said.
Trump also said that she would like to help improve the everyday lives of American women.
“We cannot call ourselves a fully developed or advanced nation when 50 per cent of our women live in poverty; when 60 million are without health insurance.
“We cannot call ourselves a fully-developed nation when too many are choosing between basic needs like rent, food and health care; this cannot be,” she said.
She also made a personal appeal for her husband’s candidature, discussing his success as a businessman.
She said that she had watched her husband grow increasingly frustrated over the passing years of their marriage at the direction of the country.
“He certainly knows how to shake things up, doesn’t he?
“He knows how to make real change. ‘Make America great again’ is not just some slogan. It is what has been in his heart since the day I met him.”
She shared her personal story growing up in Slovenia and immigrating to the U.S.
“We always knew about the incredible place called America. America was the word for freedom and opportunity. America meant if you could dream it you could become it.”
She recalled being inspired as a young girl by the presidency of Ronald Reagan.
“We heard what he was saying and doing. President Reagan’s ‘Morning in America’ was not just something in the United States, it felt like morning around the world.”
She also asked the audience a series of call-and-response questions.
“Do we want a country that respects women and provides them with equal opportunity? Do we want a country where every child has access to a good education?
"Do we want children to be safe and secure and dream big dreams? Then we want Donald Trump to be our president,” she added.
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