he announced the launch of her initiative, which is aimed towards helping kids combat online bullying and the opioid epidemic.
“We can and should teach children the importance of social and self-awareness, positive relationship skills, and responsible decision making. Once a child understands these vital skills, they will be able to communicate openly with one another and instill positive feelings of mutual respect, compassion and self-esteem,” she continued.
The first lady, who has previously been accused of copying one of Mrs. Obama’s speeches, was criticized once again for using language that seemed very similar to something the former first lady had said in the past.
While attending the United States of Women summit in 2016, Mrs. Obama’s advice for men who wanted to help fight for women’s empowerment was “be better.”
“So in 2016, Michelle Obama encouraged men to ‘be better,’ fast forward to 2018, Melania Trump launched ‘Be Best.’ I am not saying anything,” wrote one social media user.
While retired Congress member John Dingell simply advised the first lady to “Plagiarize Better.”
He retweeted a tweet by Lee Papa — better known as the Rude Pundit – who pointed out that the First Lady’s new booklet for the campaign, which she put out with Federal Trade Commission (FTC), also reused a page from the FTC’s booklet with the Obamas entitled “Talking to Your Kids.”
Melania Trump just launched "Be Best".
In 2016, Michelle Obama encouraged men to "Be Better" pic.twitter.com/RtSz1tmETO
— Michael Cappetta (@MCappetta) May 7, 2018
Fun fact: The White House trumpets “Talking with Kids about Being Online" as "a booklet by First Lady Melania Trump and the Federal Trade Commission." Except for an intro, it's exactly the same thing Obama's FTC put out. pic.twitter.com/AEf6F0gBbt
— The Rude Pundit (@rudepundit) May 7, 2018
Plaigarize Better. https://t.co/YiAfowdpkH
— John Dingell (@JohnDingell) May 7, 2018
Be Best pic.twitter.com/mTuOYTGsyq
— Astead (@AsteadWesley) May 7, 2018