A 14-year-old girl, who survived the Parkland shooting, has appealed to Melania Trump to save her from the cyber bullying she has faced because of the first lady’s 40-year-old step son.
Hey @FLOTUS you say that your mission as First Lady is to stop cyber bullying, well then, don’t you think it would have been smart to have a convo with your step-son @DonaldJTrumpJr before he liked a post about a false conspiracy theory which in turn put a target on my back— Lauren Hogg (@lauren_hoggs) February 23, 2018
&created a safe space for people all over the world to call me and my family horrific things that constantly re-victimizes us and our community. I’m 14 I should never have had to deal with any of this and even though I thought it couldn’t get worse it has because of your family.— Lauren Hogg (@lauren_hoggs) February 23, 2018
In the tweets, Lauren reminded Melania about the promise she made before Trump was elected into office; a promise to protect “children and teenagers” from the cruelties of the internet. Even then, Melania was advised to begin her work of charity at home and reign in a husband who often ridiculed and disrespected people online.
Now is another chance for Melania Trump to fulfill her promise. Earlier this week, Trump Jr. liked two tweets that concocted an elaborate conspiracy theory about the Hogg family. It alleged that Lauren’s 17-year-old brother, David Hogg, who is also a survivor of the shooting and has become one of the loudest voice for gun reforms, was “coached” by his father, a former FBI agent, to speak out for gun control.
Since then, the Hogg family has received many death threats, the siblings’ mom, Rebecca Boldrick, told The Washington Post.
The family is still reeling from the shooting and has been, in Lauren’s words,”retraumatized.” The outpouring of hate has only intensified as conspiracy theories proliferated.
One video on YouTube called David Hogg a ‘crisis actor’ and was able to make it to the no.1 spot on the website, before being removed by the company.
In such an environment, Trump Jr.’s like sends a strong message regarding who the government holds responsible for the shooting.
Melania Trump has remained silent, and even complicit, according to some, even as members of her family have bullied people online and as her husband used a national tragedy to close cases against him. It remains unclear if the tweet will be able to jolt her into action.
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