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Melania fires back at critics and the media in a public speech - here's what she said

First lady Melania Trump fired back at critics and those in the media who mocked her anti-bullying campaign in a public speech Thursday. (Image Source: YouTube screenshot)

First lady Melania Trump fired back at critics who have been mocking her campaign against online bullying in a speech Thursday at a Family Online Safety Institute conference in Washington, D.C.

"How can we teach our children not just the importance of online safety, but the need for online responsibility?" she asked at the event. "'Be Best' is dedicated to shining a light on programs that address this very question.

"Teaching children the importance of being safe and positive online is crucial to creating a better future for the next generation," she continued. "We must give children the tools needed for success at a very young age, and this includes helping them grasp online responsibility, and the importance of their overall well-being in the online world."

'Critics and the media have chosen to ridicule me'

"As I have said before," the first lady continued, "it is not news or surprising to me that critics and the media have chosen to ridicule me for speaking out on this issue, and that's okay.

"I remain committed to tackling this topic because it will provide a better world for our children," she added. "And I hope, that like I do, you will consider using their negative words as motivation to do all you can to bring awareness and understanding about responsible online behavior."

The first lady was clearly targeting those who were noting the seeming incongruity between her campaign against online bullying, and the very combative campaign efforts by her husband, President Donald Trump, in stomping on his competition, Republican or Democrat.

Here's the video of the first lady's scathing response:

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