Melania Trump was booed at a Baltimore youth event, marking the first solo event the First Lady has been booed at, CNN reported. However, she’s been present for loud choruses of boos when accompanying her husband.
The First Lady went to Baltimore, a city that her husband has called “disgusting” and “rat-infested,” to speak at a youth summit aimed at raising awareness about opioid abuse. The visit today as part of her “Be Best” initiative. When she took the stage at the B’More Youth Summit in an auditorium at the University of Maryland, the crowd erupted into boos.
CNN’s Kate Bennett, who was in the room at the time, says that the boos and heckling lasted for about a minute before Melania began to speak. However, audible jeers and heckling could be heard even as she gave her remarks.
“Thank you to all of the students who are here. I am so proud of you for the bravery it takes to share that you have been strongly affected by the opioid epidemic in some way,” she said, attempting to talk over the crowd.
When she concluded her speech, the First Lady was roundly booed again, although a few people in the audience cheered as well.
Melania has been booed before, albeit while she was accompanying her husband, and not performing her duties alone. Back in October, at Game 5 of the World Series in Washington, the crowd loudly booed President Donald Trump and chanted “Lock Him Up!” The First Lady was in attendance.
Melania has also been the catalyst for protests on her own, although without booing. Earlier this month, as CNN reported at the time, the First Lady was met by protesters as she visited a Boston hospital. A few dozen employees were upset that the First Lady was visiting an urban hospital where 30 percent of patients don’t speak English, in light of the Trump administration’s anti-immigrant policies and rhetoric.
Booing members of the Trump family has become a trend over the past few months. Days after the Game 5 incident, President Trump was booed — and cheered — at a UFC event at Madison Square Garden.
Similarly, as previously reported by The Inquisitr, earlier this month Donald Trump Jr. was booed off stage at an event at the University of California, Los Angeles. He was there to promote his book, Triggered. The crowd heckled him after he refused to take questions from the audience.