Melania Trump's visit to West Bloomfield school is everything that's wrong with America right now


  • Shutterstock

On Monday, First Lady Melania Trump and U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos visited West Bloomfield's Orchard Lake Middle School to kick off the FLOTUS's anti-bullying "Week of Inclusion" initiative.

Trump and DeVos' visit to the West Bloomfield school focused on "No One Eats Alone" during lunch time, where Trump told students that, "it's very important that we choose kindness and compassion."

Many critics were quick to point out the elephant in the room — that while it's great that the First Lady wants to combat bullying, which is a very real and serious issue, her husband famously uses his Twitter account to bully and intimidate other lawmakers, NFL players, and Gold Star families.

So, Melania, please tell have this talk with your husband.

MLive reporter Dana Afana was on hand to see the First Lady interact with students and tweeted this photo with the caption, "@FLOTUS tells children it's important to treat each other with respect."

Because the internet is the way it is, the students' faces in the photo listening to First Lady Trump telling them about respecting others quickly became a meme.

Better luck next time, Melania.

And the irony continues. A day after Trump's hypocritical PR stunt, the school inadvertently demonstrates a very real problem with this country: infrastructure woes.

Today, Orchard Lake Middle School and the rest of West Bloomfield School District are closed today due to a water main break.   

Twelve communities in Oakland County are now in a water boil advisory that won't be lifted until Friday evening, reports say.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Detroit Metro Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Detroit and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Detroit's true free press free.