First Lady Melania Trump recently spoke at a youth summit in Baltimore in an effort to help combat the growing opioid crisis in America. Upon taking the stage for her “Be Best” initiative, she was greeted by loud boos from the audience. Despite this, she pressed on, urging young people to speak up if they were struggling with addiction. She said, over a chorus of boos, “Thank you to all of the students who are here. I am so proud of you for the bravery it takes to share that you have been strongly affected by the opioid epidemic in some way,” according to a CNN reporter present at her speech. The First Lady added: “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. I encourage you, if you are struggling with addiction right now, reach out for support—whether it’s a teacher, parent, friend, grandparent, coach or pastor, talk to an adult in your life that you trust. It is never too late to ask for help.”
Booing the First Lady while she is speaking is bad enough. Doing it while she is reaching out to help you is beyond the pale. And doing it even after her husband, the President of the United States, had earlier that day donated his entire $100,000 third-quarter salary to combat the very opioid epidemic of which she was speaking…is truly despicable.
The Associated Press reported that Trump’s salary will be paid to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health, the agency that oversees federal public health programs. The AP report noted that Trump’s cash will be earmarked to “continue the ongoing fight against the opioid crisis.”
Unfortunately, Melania, it is too late to ask for help for those with Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS). They are so addicted to hatred of the president they can’t wait ten minutes between hostility highs. And, rather than looking for a cure, they are determined to spread their sickness to everyone near and far, old and young. Like the kids who booed Melania.