Melania Trump Challenges Media to Cover Opioid Crisis as Much as ‘Idle Gossip’ in Town Hall With Eric Bolling


First Lady Melania Trump accused the media of not sufficiently reporting on the opioid crisis during a Las Vegas town hall with the BlazeTV’s Eric Bolling.

“I challenge the press to devote as much time to the lives lost and the potential lives that could be saved by dedicating the same amount of coverage that you do to idle gossip or trivial stories,” she said at the event, which was held as part of her campaign for children’s causes.

“I wish the media would talk about more and educate more children, also adults, parents, about the opioid crisis that we have,” she added. “They do it already, but I think not enough.”

Bolling, the moderator of the event, is a former Fox News host who lost his son in 2017 to an overdose.

The opioid crisis has reached epidemic levels in the United States. According to data collected by the CDC, 70,200 Americans died due to drug overdoses in 2017, many of which were caused by powerful synthetic opioids, like fentanyl and carfentanil.

In comments to NBC, the First Lady’s spokesperson Stephanie Grisham said Melania Trump is “going to start looking at possible legislation that might…be something she would want to get on board with.”

“One thing doesn’t have anything to do with the other, and [Melania] is focused on helping children,” Grisham added. “She has said many times that her husband is an adult. He is president of the United States and he knows what he’s doing. She’s focused on ‘Be Best,’ focused on helping children.”

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Caleb Ecarma was a reporter at Mediaite. Email him here: Follow him on Twitter here: @calebecarma