OPINION | By Nehemiah D. Frank
If First Lady Melania Trump’s goal is to combat cyberbullying with her “Be Best” campaign, she needs to start with the man she shares her bed with — her husband, President Donald J. Trump.
Her husband’s latest twitter rants and targeting of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) are reprehensibly the most troubling and demeaning actions we’ve seen in the White House. His behavior is undoubtedly beneath the office from which he serves.
President Trump’s racist actions continue placing the life of Rep. Omar, her family, and other American Muslims in danger.
Just days ago, a man was arrested for threatening to kill Rep Omar.
“Do you work for the Muslim Brotherhood?” Then asked the staffer, “Are you working for her [Rep. Omar]?” The individual on the other line then preceded to threaten Rep. Omar, calling her a terrorist and threatening to kill her.
The FBI was able to track the man down. He’s now in custody.
Days later on Friday evening, President Trump tweeted a disturbing video of Rep. Omar speaking at an event with a montage of the horrifying images of the September 11, 2001, attacks.
His efforts were to demonize Rep. Illhan Omar and American Muslims.
Pinned in all caps: “WE WILL NEVER FORGET!” President Trump wrote.
First Lady Melania, please — check your man. He’s putting American lives in harm and dividing the country.
Trump’s actions are what we call: cyberbullying on steroids.
His dangerous rhetoric undoubtably provokes racist fanatics and far right extremists to act on their unhealthy emotions.
WE WILL NEVER FORGET! pic.twitter.com/VxrGFRFeJM
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2019
Rep. Ilhan Omar has since responded to presented Trump’s racist tweet.
Thank you for standing with me – against an administration that ran on banning Muslims from this country – to fight for the America we all deserve.💪🏽
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) April 13, 2019
Nehemiah D. Frank is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Black Wall Street Times and sits on the Editorial Community Advisory Board at the Tulsa World. He graduated from Harold Washington College in Chicago, IL, and earned a second degree in political science from Oklahoma State University. Nehemiah is a rising voice in America and an emerging leader in the educational justice and equity movement. He’s a motivational speaker and presented a TED Talk at the University of Tulsa in the spring of 2018. Nehemiah is also blogger at Education Post. He has been featured on NBC, Blavity, and Tulsa People.