President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania invited a boy who has been severely bullied for sharing their last name to the State of the Union address, according to Politico.
Joshua Trump is a sixth-grader from Delaware whose troubles with the Trump name made news in December. His parents have reportedly tried to move him to different schools but have been unable to prevent the bullying that comes with having the same last name as a polarizing president.
Even something as simple as daily attendance has become burdensome for Joshua.
"When the teacher is like 'Joshua Trump, are you here?' I'll go, 'Yes,' and almost everybody will laugh, besides my friends," Joshua told Inside Edition.
Joshua's teachers have stopped using his last name to avoid putting him in uncomfortable situations, and Joshua said he has even considered changing his name completely because he's tired of the bullying.
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Hopefully, a State of the Union invite from the president himself will ease some of Joshua's pain.
"Joshua Trump is a 6th grade student in Wilmington, Delaware," a statement read. "He appreciates science, art, and history. He also loves animals and hopes to pursue a related career in the future. His hero and best friend is his Uncle Cody, who serves in the United States Air Force.
"Unfortunately, Joshua has been bullied in school due to his last name," the statement continued. He is thankful to the First Lade and the Trump family for their support."
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First Lady Melania Trump's "Be Best" initiative focuses in part on preventing and helping children deal with bullying, particularly in online spaces.
"It remains our generation's moral imperative to take responsibility and help our children manage the many issues they are facing today, including encouraging positive social, emotional, and physical habits," the Be Best website reads.