One of the great myths of Donald Trump’s presidency is that Melania Trump was some kind of victim who deserved our sympathy. In reality, the first lady was just as horrible a person as her husband; the woman peddled his racist birtherism conspiracy theory about Barack Obama, sported a jacket that read “I Really Don’t Care. Do U?” to visit the victims of his family-separation policy, and, as we learned earlier this week, gave even less of a f–k about the violent insurrection that took place last January than previously thought.
The one thing that does appear to be true about Melania, though, is that she seems to despise her husband just as much as the rest of us. While she clearly decided some time ago that the trade-offs she got from marrying the guy were worth it, she quite obviously loathes him and, in the words of writer Dan Amira, is “waiting for [him] to die.” And while we also know she detested her time in the White House, a new report suggests she’ll begrudgingly go along with the whole thing should Trump decide to run again in 2024, which he has been threatening to do. Per Politico:
That’s not to say she’d be happy to return to Washington, given, again, how much she appeared to absolutely hate being first lady and all the responsibilities that came with it. In fact, according to her ex-chief of staff’s new book, she couldn’t even be bothered to stay conscious the night of the 2020 election.
On Monday, in response to the first excerpt from Grisham’s book, which detailed Melania’s refusal to condemn the January 6 violence, the former first lady’s office issued a statement saying Grisham was trying “to redeem herself after a poor performance as press secretary, failed personal relationships, and unprofessional behavior in the White House.” The mention of allegedly “failed personal relationships” apparently struck many as f–ked up, considering Grisham’s two divorces—which Donald Trump would know a little something about!—and a previous relationship with a former Trump aide who allegedly “pushed her against a wall and slapped her in the face.” (The aide denied this.) As Politico notes, “it is unprecedented for former first ladies to get into public fights with their former top aides.” Clearly, her husband has rubbed off on her.
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