Hillary Clinton said that first lady Melania Trump was doing not enough to stop cyber-bullying, and that if she "were serious" about the issue, there's plenty of allies she could enlist in the struggle.
What did she say exactly?
When asked if the first lady was doing enough to combat cyber-bullying, she responded, “No, no and, look, I don’t think anybody is doing enough on cyberbullying, because it's real and it has a particularly damaging effect on young people, who are so influenced by and personally affected by what is said about them or is said to them."
Hillary made her comments to progressive news site MIC, who published her comments on Tuesday.
"I really worry about it as a major issue," she said, "y'know, as something that I talked about in the campaign and I wanted to do more. I think they'd be a lot of people who would be willing to help her, if she were serious about actually following through."
"Because we've got to try the best we can to make the internet," she explained, "particularly social media, understand the impact that it can have particularly on vulnerable people, particularly on susceptible young people, and we need more voices that are not just firing nasty shots back, but saying, time out, no. This is not the way you talk about anybody, this is not how you conduct yourself."
"You would never do it in person. I think it's a really important issue, and if she were serious and able to follow through on it," she concluded, "I bet there'd be so many people who'd be willing to try to help her on that."
Here's the video of Hillary's comments:
Exclusive: Hillary Clinton says Melania Trump isn't doing enough to prevent cyberbullying. pic.twitter.com/lSFBWrVAIN
— Mic (@mic) September 20, 2017
Yes. In November of 2016 she gave a speech outlining her intent to make curtailing cyberbullying her project as first lady.
"It is never OK when a 12-year-old girl or boy is mocked, bullied or attacked," the first lady said. "It is terrible when that happens on the playground, and it is absolutely unacceptable when it is 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 concluded.
Is this a fair criticism?
While cyber-bullying has not been stamped out in our time, it is a little unfair of the former first lady to criticize the current first lady when it's just a few months into the first term of President Trump. Some might also point out that Clinton herself is accused of "bullying" attacks on the alleged sexual harassment victims of her husband, former President Bill Clinton.