November 3, 2016 10:27 pm
Updated: November 4, 2016 4:28 pm

Donald Trump’s actions at odds with Melania’s first lady promises on cyberbullying

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Melania Trump has pledged to help women and protect children from cyberbullying should she become first lady, but her words contradict her husband Donald Trump‘s history of behaviour.

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“Our culture has gotten too mean,” Mrs. Trump said Thursday at a rally in Pennsylvania, a key state in Tuesday’s U.S. presidential election, as she vowed to tackle cyberbullying.

Yet Mr. Trump, the Republican presidential candidate, has been known to go on Twitter rants and attacks, often using insulting and abusive language online and on the campaign trail.

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In her speech Mrs. Trump said her husband is committed to making America a place where there is respect for women and equal opportunity.

“We must win on Nov. 8 and we must come together as Americans. We must treat each other with respect and kindness, even when we disagree.

“This man I know so well, Donald Trump, with your help and God’s grace, will make America great again.”

While Mrs. Trump promises to be a champion for her gender, her husband’s treatment of women has nearly imploded his campaign. A leaked video revealed Trump saying he can “do anything” to women, and at least 10 women have come forward claiming to have been sexually assaulted by Trump.

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The bad behaviour dates back decades; Former Miss Universe 1996 Alicia Machado said Trump’s treatment of her left her battling an eating disorder.

“Trump called me ‘Miss Piggy’, ‘Miss Housekeeping’, ‘Miss Eating Machine’,” Machado said at a recent rally for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

“Soon it became a joke. Alicia Machado was a fat Miss Universe. It was really painful for me.”

Machado’s support of Clinton prompted Trump to go on a tirade in September, suggesting people “check out sex tape” of “disgusting” Machado, which by the way, seemingly doesn’t exist.

His attacks often focus on appearance, and can be incredibly crude.

“Sarah Jessica Parker voted ‘unsexiest woman alive’ – I agree. She said ‘it’s beneath me to comment on the potential Obama charitable gift.’ What’s really beneath her?” Trump posted on Facebook in 2012.

“It must be a pretty picture, you dropping to your knees.” Trump said to a female contestant in 2013 on an episode of Celebrity Apprentice.

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Even before he was officially the Republican nominee, Trump took aim at Clinton with a sexist and lewd comment.

“If Hillary Clinton can’t satisfy her husband what makes her think she can satisfy America #MakeAmericaGreatAgain.” Trump tweeted in April 2015, which he later deleted.

He also criticised the appearance of Republican candidate Carly Fiorina in a 2015 interview.

“Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that?”

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After Mrs. Trump’s speech on Thursday, many online commenters were quick to point out that she should start her work to combat cyberbullying and poor treatment of women at home, with her husband.

With files from the Associated Press and Kevin Nielsen

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