An 11-year-old boy named Joshua Trump was invited to attend President Donald Trump's State of the Union Address on Tuesday by the First Lady, in connection with her anti-bullying initiatives. The sixth-grader has been bullied in school for sharing the same last name as the president.
ABC News, in all their wisdom, decided to focus in on Joshua for falling asleep during the late address, which ended at around 10:30 P.M. Eastern Standard Time.
"Trump's namesake sleeps through president's big speech," reads a headline from ABC. The news organization also put out a tweet with a photo of the boy dozing off. "Pres. Trump had invited Joshua Trump as his State of the Union guest because the White House said the sixth-grader from Wilmington, Delaware, had been bullied because of his last name. He appeared to doze off during the speech," the tweet's caption says.
Though others online commented on Joshua falling asleep, the comments were in a lighthearted tone, praising the boy as a "#resistance hero." The ABC article and tweet, on the other hand, were condemned by many for having a mean-spirited, bullying tone.
Pres. Trump had invited Joshua Trump as his State of the Union guest because the White House said the sixth-grader from Wilmington, Delaware, had been bullied because of his last name.— ABC News (@ABC) February 6, 2019
He appeared to doze off during the speech. https://t.co/ESpEPaBaAS pic.twitter.com/ba2BBtGVHK
WTF ABC? Did you do stories about all the grown ass men and women from the left and right who also appeared to be sleeping? How is this not public harassment of a minor? Disgusting. https://t.co/jiWgjq95S7— Elisha (@ElishaKrauss) February 6, 2019
Trump's speech was one of the longest in history and it was late on a weeknight. We certainly do not blame the little guy for being guilty of something that could have happened to us all.
So now he gets back to his school and other students get to bully him some more because @ABC decided to expose the poor boy for dozing off. Pat yourselves on the back abc.— Obianuju Ekeocha (@obianuju) February 6, 2019