Melania Trump Issues 'Graceful' Response To Students Who Booed Her at Opioid Event
First Lady's speech was applauded for 'staying on message'
First Lady Melania Trump gave a speech on Tuesday, for an event highlighting the opioid epidemic in America, to a mixed reaction that saw her met with boos from some of the audience.
Mrs. Trump’s speech noted the efforts of the Trump administration tackling the opioid crisis.
“I am in this fight with you, and I am fighting for you,” Mrs. Trump said.
“Promoting education and awareness on these issues will always be one of my top priorities. I am in this fight with you, and I am fighting for you," she added.
CNN's Kate Bennett reported that she could not "recall another event where she was more negatively received."
"I believe it is also the first loud booing by an audience at a solo event with Mrs. Trump," Bennett added.
But Mrs. Trump issued a statement soon after the event:
“We live in a democracy, and everyone is entitled to their opinion,” the First Lady's statement said, per The Washington Examiner.
“But the fact is we have a serious crisis in our country, and I remain committed to educating children on the dangers and deadly consequences of drug abuse.”
Mrs. Trump’s response was described as “graceful" by Fox News’ “The Five” co-host Juan Williams, who is an outspoken Democrat.
“I think that’s the way to handle it. I don’t think that she was going to fire back,” Williams said, Fox News reported.
“Remember, we’re talking about mostly kids. It wasn’t adults.”
The First Lady's speech was applauded for “staying on message” by Fox News conservative contributor Lawrence Jones.
“I think the president, if I have one critique of him, he could learn that from Melania,” Jones said.
“Sometimes, you don’t have to swing back. Sometimes you can stay on that message. And I think more people would support him as a result of this.”
.@KateBennett_DC's pool report: "As the press pooler with perhaps the most FLOTUS event coverage under my belt, I cannot recall another event where she was more negatively received. I believe it is also the first loud booing by an audience at a solo event with Mrs. Trump."— Jeremy Barr (@jeremymbarr) November 26, 2019
WATCH: The First Lady is met with boos and jeering as she speaks at the B’More Youth Summit for Opioid Awareness. pic.twitter.com/ScBBginxKE— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 26, 2019
Don’t think I’ve ever heard of a First Lady being booed. But when you’re married to a Criminal who’s destroying Democracy, it comes with the territory.— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) November 26, 2019
Earlier his month, the First Lady was targeted by liberals when she traveled to a Boston children’s hospital to soothe drug-addicted babies.
According to The Daily Wire report:
“Around 200 protesters, who claimed to be nurses, doctors, and ‘health care workers’ from Boston Medical Center where Trump was meeting with leadership and viewing the baby-cuddling program, carried signs opposing ‘babies in cages,’ and calling for an end to the ‘Trump-Pence regime.'"
On Tuesday, Liberal Hollywood actor-director Rob Reiner attacked the First Lady in response to her opioid crisis speech.
"Don’t think I’ve ever heard of a First Lady being booed. But when you’re married to a Criminal who’s destroying Democracy, it comes with the territory,” Rob Reiner said.
But threats from liberal against the Trump family are nothing new, last year Mrs. Trump alerted the Secret Service following a public threat from actor Peter Fonda who called for Barron Trump to be kidnapped and imprisoned with pedophiles.
“The tweet is sick and irresponsible, and [Secret Service] has been notified,” the First Lady's spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said.
Fonda took to Twitter to protest the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” immigration enforcement practices, which saw 2,000 children separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border.