Billy Ray Cyrus wishes Melania Trump well, thanks her for suicide prevention work

In tweet directed at First Lady Melania Trump on Thursday, country singer Billy Ray Cyrus wished the first lady well as she recovers from coronavirus and thanked her for the work she has done on suicide prevention.

“Hope you are feeling better @FLOTUS. This photo was almost exactly a year ago. Thank you again for the compassion and time you shared with Channing’s Dad and his brother,” Cyrus tweeted.

Fox News reported on the tweet, although Cyrus apparently removed it later.

Cyrus sets the record straight

Cyrus had also posted a message and photo on Twitter last year of his meeting with the first lady and a family whose son had taken his life after being bullied.

In a series of tweets on Friday, Cyrus implied he had removed the post because of comments on the tweet, some of which were undoubtedly viciously anti-Trump.

“The picture I posted with Melania was not an endorsement, but a reflection on a special moment I had human to human with her over a heartbreaking story about a young teenage boy who killed himself after being bullied,” Cyrus wrote. “We were only expecting a few minutes of her time, but she ended up speaking with us for over an hour.”

Sad day in American politics

Cyrus then shared a series of stories about his positive experiences with both Democrat and Republican politicians through the years.

He concluded by saying that he is not telling anyone who to vote for or endorsing any candidate.

“I felt the need to explain my background and make it clear; I am not endorsing anybody. I am listening, watching, and you best believe voting … and I hope you are too,” he said.

It’s a sad day in American political life when a celebrity gets so much backlash for even associating with someone in the Trump family — even when they’re working on an issue as noncontroversial as suicide prevention.

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