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Melania Trump Says She's "The Most Bullied Person In The World," But Her Body Language Tells A Different Story

Date December 3, 2018

When Donald Trump became President, his wife Melania wasn’t fully prepared for her new role as First Lady. She enjoyed her privacy – a luxury she doesn’t have anymore. She was thrust into the national spotlight and has been working to fulfill her duties as well as she can.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“The most bullied person in the world”

In a rare interview with ABC’s Tom Llamas that took place in October during her tour in Africa, the First Lady discussed a wide range of topics, including her “Be Best” campaign. And that’s when she uttered the most memorable line from the interview.

She said that “Be Best,” which deals with online bullying among other things, was inspired in part by her own experience. Melania called herself “the most bullied person in the world.”

She added for clarification:

One of [the most bullied people], if you really see what people are saying about me.

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What was she really thinking when she said that?

That “most bullied person in the world” line angered many people. But did the First Lady even mean what she said? Anett Grant, the public-speaking coach and CEO of Executive Speaking, Inc., was not convinced.

Grant told Refinery29 there was a mismatch between Melania’s words and body language. Who smiles when they talk about being bullied? Grant said:

What I saw that was very dramatic to me was when she talked about being the person who had been bullied the most, you saw a smile.

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Grant went on:

I think that's important, because to have powerful communication you have to have your behavior integrated, and that's an example where the behavior wasn't integrated. Whenever there is a disconnect when the behavior doesn't match what someone is saying, then audiences speculate on why.

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So, how does Melania really feel? It’s hard to tell. Actually, her expression looked more like a nervous, forced smile. Only she knows what was going through her mind during that interview.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Melania has some legit reasons to feel bullied

Criticism of Melania Trump started even before her husband took office. People doubted her ability to represent the country as the First Lady, but that's the least of it.

Take this one as an example: a video featuring rapper T.I. at a mock Oval Office, watching a Melania lookalike strip and dance on the desk.

The First Lady’s communications director responded:

It’s hard to imagine a similar video mocking any of the former First Ladies, isn’t it? That's something to think about.

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