Students Protest After University Awards Melania ‘Woman Of Distinction’ Award

Darren.Woon

Melania Trump was the recipient of the 2020 "Woman of Distinction" award, which led students and alumni to protest.

First lady Melania Trump was awarded the 2020 “Woman of Distinction” award from Palm Beach Atlantic University, prompting some students and alumni to push back, according to the Independent.

The first lady said she was “grateful” to accept the award, which is given to those “who cherish community and family and want to preserve these ideals for others.”

“As the first lady of the United States, it is a great honor to serve the people of this incredible country,” Melania said at the school’s annual Women of Distinction luncheon, where he discussed her Be Best campaign that addresses cyberbullying and opioid abuse among the nation’s children.

“When we teach our children to cherish our values and care for each other, they are better prepared to carry on Americans’ legacy of compassion, service, and patriotism,” she said. It is “our duty as adults and parents” to give children the best opportunities in life.

But some students and alumni criticized the school’s selection.

“This award has historically gone to women whose character and impact in Palm Beach has shaped the culture of our home, and I have not been convinced that the first lady’s character or impact here is worthy of that recognition,” Graysen Boehning, a senior at the school, said.

“While many students were excited that the school was bringing in the first lady of the United States to speak, others felt that her character was not representative of the community of love for people of all backgrounds and beliefs that PBA houses and fosters,” he added.

“The vast majority of students and faculty that I have spoken to about the decision were disappointed by what seems to be a politically-motivated move on the university’s part,” Tyler Whitehead, the president of the school’s College Democrats, said in a statement.

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Comments (34)
MnSkeptic
MnSkeptic

Just another award that the trumps PAID to get. It'll blend in with all the other fake or paid awards they have displayed at their golf course club house.

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Balbannock
Balbannock

If “caring for each other” were truly a priority, wouldn’t we already have universal health care and student loan forgiveness?

Momatlon
Momatlon

Hotus!

Aerogirl
Aerogirl

You may not be aware of some things about this lovely and compassionate woman, because she is virtually ignored by the mainstream media ( excerpt in this case, when they can TRY to find something negative to report on her). However, in 2005, she was chosen as the Goodwill Ambassador by the American Red Cross—a role she served in for four years. Mrs. Trump served five years as Honorary Chairwoman for the Boys’ Club of New York and was named Woman of the Year in 2006 by the Police Athletic League. Mrs. Trump has participated in National Love Our Children Day and National Child Abuse Prevention month. When she travels to hospitals, schools, other countries (Japan, Saudi Arabia, etc.) she also makes a point to visit the children. She represents us so beautifully & elegantly, she is still completely ignored by our media, who “hate” this BEAUTIFUL woman and REFUSE to report anything positive about her and her loving, compassionate, healthy, positive message! Shameful!

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CONSTANCEBABE
CONSTANCEBABE

Ohhh, PA-LEASE!!!! And she lives with and suppprts a man that tips children away from their parents, and LOCKS THEM IN CAGES!! Yeah...Ok...'BE BEST'!! What a JOKE!!!!!

Snicker
Snicker

Seriously? Those are token positions for people with wealth and power. Including the awards.

No one can fault Melania for being a good mother, but her “Be Best” campaign couldn’t be more pathetic. The POTUS is one of the biggest offenders of bullying...yet she acts like it isn’t happening. She deserves every lump she gets from the media pertaining to this subject.

Plus, she rarely makes public appearances and let’s not forget plagiarizing Michelle Obama’s speech. Why give her accolades? She’s rich and speaks at a few charities between jetting back and forth from MaraLago. Big deal.

Should the media fawn over her just because she stands next to Donald and looks pretty (and squinty)?

housecat
housecat

Sweetie, the things you're pointing out occurred 10? 11? YEARS ago?? What has she done since being in the WH? She needs to refresh her resume.

tquinn554
tquinn554

These are positions to which rich people get appointed so they'll write checks to the charity. "Goodwill Ambassador?" "Honorary Chairwoman?" Please. And yeah, so we pay for her to go to Italy for two weeks and she spends ten minutes in a kindergarten class pretending she can speak Italian. Spare me.

Anita M
Anita M

It's disgusting the level of hatred that one kind post generates as if she is somehow responsible for her spouses every action. How sad that the Democratic party so easily reverts to controlling behavior and insult rather than recognizing her individual efforts separate from her husband. She shows more class in a given day swallowing insult after insult from any one of you negative ugly people. What have any of you done with your lives to make you so superior? The First Lady deserves so much more than an award. She deserves our respect. She has mine. The rest of you can be judged in equal measure to your hatred by God himself. Go First Lady!

Sonofsaturn24
Sonofsaturn24

She condones it by her inaction, she deserves the criticism as well.

Alice Olson
Alice Olson

It's disgusting that our First Lady made her first visit to children caged by her husband while she was wearing a jacket reading "I really don't care. Do you?" Well, yes, I care and I found this little display hateful.

Crmchees
Crmchees

She doesn't have any "individual efforts" that have made an impact on anything...the first thing she has done was to come over to the US on an Einstein visa...as a model...then she stay past her visa time...and then she brought over her parents...just as her husband was trying to stop that type of immigration from happening to others...she got a job with trump when she first came and has used her contacts to slide into the country...she is an illegal just as much as those trump are trying to punish at the border...and just because others don't agree with your fawning over her does not mean that we have hatred...your are projecting your own type of behaviour....she has had so much plastic surgery she no longer looks like she originally did...and her life has nothing to do with anyone else and you trying to equal the 2 is disingenuous....her program about bullying has not stopped her husband from bullying...he bullies kids and teens...he bullies everyone...she is selective in who she calls out for bullying...letting him pick on a 16 year old female and saying nothing...she is spineless and does not deserve any award

Leaner
Leaner

I’ve seen your “first Lady’s” pussy. You must be very proud.

Queeneileen73
Queeneileen73

It's such an honor to have an illegal alien represent us.
The world has seen our first ladys naked body
before seeing her husband's tax returns..nice

suespie471
suespie471

BFD! SHE IS COMPLICIT WITH THE CRIMINAL ADMINISTRATION!!!

Christopher 58
Christopher 58

Does this distinction award come with its own stripper pole ?

Patr0012001
Patr0012001

Right on point

mfortuna
mfortuna

Were there any doubt before, the credibility of this unknown "university" just spoke for itself. Don't blame universities for this idiocy.

Mrphil1997
Mrphil1997

She’s a beautiful lady but exactly what has she done to deserve this award. She hides in the WH and Florida.

philip42642
philip42642

Money...and legacies can buy you a Degree, so why is it surprising to anyone that it can buy an award for the wife of someone like tRump?


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