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First Lady Melania Trump visted a Boston hospital Wednesday to discuss a program where mothers and volunteers cuddle babies born addicted to controlled substances, only to meet with dozens of leftist protesters “decrying the immigration stance and policies of her husband, President Donald Trump,” according to CNN.

Around 200 protesters, who claimed to be nurses, doctors, and “health care workers” from Boston Medical Center where Trump was meeting with leadership and viewing the baby-cuddling program, carried signs opposing “babies in cages,” and calling for an end to the “Trump-Pence regime.”

The protest appeared to be organized by “,” a program of, ANSWER (“Act Now to Stop War and End Racism”), a group of international socialists and Communists that have protested Republican presidencies since the early 2000s.

The cuddling program, which has met with incredible success, helps babies born addicted to opioids and other controlled substances — a condition called Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome — handle the process of withdrawl after birth. The First Lady has made programs like Boston Medical Center’s the hallmark of her child health platform, and regularly visits children who are living with complicated and, often, terminal illnesses.

First Ladies aren’t usually the focus of protests against their husband’s policies, but the rules have changed under the Trump Administration, where few members of the Trump family — including the president’s young son, Barron, and his children and grandchildren — are still off limits.

Wednesday’s protest was not the first protest the First Lady has faced during her husband’s tenure, but it was easily the largest.

“She’s married to Donald Trump, and he is such a symbol of so much of what we stand against,” one protester, a pediatrician at the hospital who works with the program Trump was exploring, explained, as though that somehow justified the demonstration.

Other protesters said they objected to Mrs. Trump’s mere presence at the Boston hospital, where she could take part in photo opportunities, which they believe could traumatize some of the patients.

The protesters also got the support of Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), who added that Trump was undermining “the efforts of the incredible staff at BMC and health centers across the nation,” according to the New York Daily News.

Pressley did not elaborate on her statement, so it’s not entirely clear exactly how President Trump’s “cruelty” actually is “undermining” the efforts of health care workers (other than the typical complaints, of course).

The hospital itself saw things differently. After hearing about the protest, the Boston Medical Center’s CEO, Kate Walsh said she intended to keep the hospital’s appointment with the First Lady, and use the visit as an opportunity to showcase to both the public and the Trump Administration how well Medicaid dollars are being used.

“[T]he visit will be a unique opportunity to share our values of respect and inclusion with federal leaders whose policies have a significant impact on the vulnerable populations we are dedicated to serving,” Walsh said in a statement. “Two-thirds of our patients have some form of government insurance, and our health plan is the largest participant in the state’s Medicaid accountable care organization, so the opportunity to highlight the innovative work we are doing is critical to ensuring that we are able to continue to deliver on our mission well into the future.”

The First Lady, for her part, was gracious.

“Mrs. Trump enjoyed visiting Boston Medical Center to meet with the center’s leadership and medical staff and learn about the impressive programs available that support and provide care to mothers struggling with drug addiction and babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome,” her press secretary told media in a statement.

  • sepepper says:

    Only the most psychopathic, depraved minds would stoop so low to protest against someone giving aid and comfort to the most vulnerable among us (BABIES for crying out loud). In their right minds, they would be congratulating if not actually helping Melania to do so, but no. They have an agenda to pursue, no matter what cost to tiny human lives.

    • Dean Perry says:

      Aid & comfort from who??? Trump is CUTTING healthcare wherever he can.
      This was a photo op for a do-nothing First Lady and the adults at the hospital GAVE HER ONE!!!!!

      • MICHAEL MCPOLAND says:

        Dean you have been treated so bad as a child to have such a vile outlook on life. Giving comfort and recognition to the hospital and staff is a noble cause, so do not sit on your ass and complain about a most gracious First Lady.

      • Julie says:

        Reading your nonsensical crap leads me to one conclusion…..your mother actually does despise you!

      • MJ says:

        Of course, you would take this opportunity to slide out from your rock to offer an idiot’s viewpoint, Dean! Tell Hillary and Bill we all know Jeffery Epstein did not kill himself!

      • Karin says:

        Interested and stupid at the same time. First I have seen no photos of her visit so not a photo 90, besides the tyrannical main stream media would have taken any because they are like you anti Americans. I fail to believe these were all health workers, if so a feel sorry for Boston’s ill, they have the sympathy of sewer rats,kinda like you. Anytime and anyway someone can draw more interest and concern for babies in this plight the better. You every meet a child born addicted to drugs, it is beyond sad. You like so many of your ilk understand nothing but hate, I would pray for you but Satan has you all ready marked so would be a waste of my time.

        • Dayna says:

          They are probably the same people who support abortion, I don’t think they represent the hospital at all. Closed minds, closed hearts, they are using this as a photo op to try to get people to think they really care about anyone but themselves. Where were they when Obama held the children in detention, we didn’t hear a peep out of them then, “Why” because they really don’t care about anything except getting their way on everything. I pray they open their eyes before it is too late.

      • Barbara says:

        Wow sweetheart get some help!! Seriously hate kills you from your core out! I’m serious seek help. See a therapist but dear God see one that is not a liberal like yourself or they’ll be talking you into suicide or homicide! You people have all lost your collective minds!

      • LM says:

        Leave it to Dean DinglePerry to display his ignorance . Hate , unbridled, no matter what the subject may be. Later Hater!!!!

      • BWH says:

        And some people claim Trump Derangement Syndrome is not real. I don’t know who has it worse, you, Dean Perry, or those supposed healthcare workers in Boston.

      • Annabel says:

        Perry: Your Mommy’s calling you back to the basement. Your pablum is ready.

      • trump blast says:

        Its not Trump who cut health care spending it’s the dumbucrat controlled house !! Don’t you know anything about how government works?? The house sets the spending limits not the president !!!

      • Gloria says:

        You couldn’t be more wrong but I can tell there isn’t any point to try to have a reasonable conversation with you since it would be beyond your capabilities.

      • Fran says:

        There are a lot of ignorant people in this country and Dean is a Perfect example of pure ignorance!!!

  • Chaz says:

    The protestors are pissed because Planned Parenthood did not kill the babies first.

  • MJ says:

    I question any doctor, nurse or any medical staff’s mentality that would participate in such a disgraceful action. They are not mentally fit to be in the medical profession. Imagine having to go to a hospital that employees these nut jobs for medical attention or feeling confident to take a member of your family and trust you are going to receive the care you or your child needs. Imagine they find out you are a Trump supporter, do you believe they would give their best to your care? I don’t think so! They all should be fired and never allowed to work in the medical profession again!

  • PT says:

    Oh yeah.
    Just the kind of people I would want taking care of my friends and members of my family.

  • cheri says:

    She must care she went to see these babies. You know you all should be ashamed of yourselves. She is a caring mother.

  • Scotty says:

    To see Melania, a lovely caring woman, who NEVER expected to be a First Lady, treated in that disrespectful manner made me ill.

  • Patrick S says:

    These people care so much about the babies, they will stand outside and protest a woman who just came to support them. I would have fired the lot of them immediately.

  • CF