Criticism vs. Bullying, ft. Melania Trump.

“I could say that I’m the most bullied person in the world,” Melania Trump said in an interview with Good Morning America on Thursday.

Donald was among a group of boys who pulled girls’ hair, passed notes and talked out of turn. “We threw spitballs and we played racing chairs with our desks, crashing them into other desks,” recalled Paul Onish, a classmate, describing himself and Trump as “probably the two worst.” — The Washington Post

It’s no surprise this behavior carries over and even intensifies when he sits himself down behind a screen. Even when there’s no anonymity, people still dial their feelings up to 11 online. Even worse, he has a huge platform for his bullying to spread. He may not be pulling ponytails anymore, but he’s still causing damage. After complaining about a teenage girl that he had called on at one of his rallies (she, apparently, made the mistake of not praising him), his supporters sent her violent rape and death threats. A short while after being elected, he complained about a union leader…who then also started receiving threats. White children are now also using Trump’s words to bully minorities — one teacher caught her students wondering if Jews should be burned, another caught her students using the n-word and calling their Muslim classmates ‘ISIS Figthers.’ They’re learning new ways to attack others, and they’re learning that this is acceptable behavior — and it started happening before he’d even been elected.

“So they finally fired your fat ass,” Cavuto said one viewer wrote.

Another added, “The Chubby Chunk’s been chucked!!.. Use the time off to atone for your sins and maybe eat a salad!”

The internet has opened up new doors for connectivity, which has also allowed for new ways violence can be organized, initiated, and ensured that these acts get to the eyes of the intended person.

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