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Melania Trump Gave A Speech Against Online Bullying And People Were Like, "Sorry, What?"

"Wow really? Gonna go with the online bullying a few days after hubby retweets meme of HRC getting hit with golfballs?"

Posted on September 20, 2017, at 4:25 p.m. ET

First lady Melania Trump on Wednesday addressed a crowd of other world leaders' spouses in New York as part of the General Assembly of the United Nations.

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Her speech touched on the need for adults to set good examples for children, and to teach kids empathy and compassion.

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"We must remember that they are watching and listening, so we must never miss an opportunity to teach life's many ethical lessons along the way," she said.

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"As adults, we are not merely responsible, we are accountable," she said, urging grown-ups to live by the "golden rule" of "[doing] unto others as you would have them do unto you."

She said her generation has a "moral imperative" to take responsibility for what children learn.

Melania Trump had said before the election she would work to combat cyberbullying if her husband were elected president, and Wednesday's speech touched on that issue.

"We must turn our focus right now to the message they are exposed to on a daily basis through social media, the bullying, the experience online and in person," she said.

After saying adults must remember that children are watching and listening, Melania Trump urges people to focus on… https://t.co/0dskx5QUyX

Her speech, however, came just days after President Trump used social media to retweet a GIF of himself appearing to hit Hillary Clinton with a golf ball.

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In recent months, Trump has also used his Twitter account to attack, among others, MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham and Lisa Murkowski, and even his own "VERY weak" attorney general, Jeff Sessions.

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Reacting on Twitter to the first lady's speech, some users couldn't quite believe what they were hearing.

@NBCNews Hahahahahahhahaha. Funniest shit I've ever heard in my life.

They called it ironic...

And infuriating.

Some wondered whether the first lady had seen her husband's Twitter feed.

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But others seemed to sincerely hope the first lady's message makes it all the way to the president.

@Kboyk / Twitter / Via Twitter: @Kboyk
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