On Wednesday, Melania Trump was honored with a”Woman of Distinction” award from Palm Beach Atlantic University. The university honored her despite concerns raised by students that Trump was undeserving of the honor.
Many residents of Palm Beach raised concerns about the award as well. The award is usually given during the Women of Distinction luncheon to Palm Beach residents who have contributed to their community. Many locals criticized the decision because Melania Trump has only been a Palm Beach resident since September.
“Our first lady is an exquisite human being, a magnificent wife and life partner, a superb mother and an outstanding first lady, who represents us brilliantly in the United States and worldwide,” co-chairwoman Eileen Burns stated back in January. “Melania is a perfect example of a Woman of Distinction and we are most proud to honor her.”
Not everyone agreed with Burns.
“This award has historically gone to women whose character and impact in Palm Beach have shaped the culture of our home,” PBAU senior Graysen Boehning said, “and I have not been convinced that the first lady’s character or impact here is worthy of that recognition.”
“While many students were excited that the school was bringing in the first lady of the United States to speak,” Boehning added, “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.”
“Why would a woman of no achievements have been selected?” Carol Bodeen wrote in a letter she sent to the Palm Beach Post. “We seldom hear from her or see her other than attending state affairs or exiting Air Force One with the president.”
Melania Trump accepted the award during the luncheon. She focused her speech on her Be Best campaign.
“Technology has become a daily part of our children’s lives in both positive and negative ways,” Trump said. “We live in an age where too many people allow the number of retweets or like to define their self-worth. I am convinced now more than ever that teaching healthy online behavior is crucial to securing a safer future for our children.”
Back in October, Donald Trump announced that he and his family would be moving from New York to Florida. At the time he said the move was based on an unfair treatment from “political leaders,” but most believe that the move was made because of Florida’s more lenient tax laws.