The words that came out of her mouth were about things her husband never mentioned in good terms….
Lets get a reality check on a woman who is MARRIED to a guy who lies like rug, was sleeping with another woman when she was carrying his son, hates immigrants, uses racism to campaign, his children detained separate from their parents and couldn’t give a rats ass about how 60% of America lives….
The countries “First Lady’ tried to do what her husband does day in and day out….
Don’t believe her….
She isn’t about anyone but herself….
Just like her husband….
As she called for an end to “violence and looting being done in the name of justice” as well as a stop to racial profiling, media figures on both ends of the political spectrum praised the speech’s civil tone.
Yet as some journalists and commentators pointed out, the first lady is hardly a passive actor in nation’s fraught recent history of racial politics: In 2011, she helped her husband spread the falsehood that former president Barack Obama was born in Kenya.
“I appreciate that Melania’s tone was gentler. And that she at least acknowledged Covid suffering and civil unrest,” wroteBryan Behar, a TV writer and HuffPost blogger. “But she has been complicit with her husband in sowing racial discord and trampling on our laws, norms & institutions. That can’t be forgotten nor forgiven.”
Nearly a decade ago, the former model was supporting her real estate tycoon husband’s conspiracy theory that Barack Obama was born in Kenya, not Hawaii, and was thus constitutionally ineligible to be president.
Some political scientists have argued that the “birtherism” theory helped drive Trump’s transition from reality TV into politics, using racism as its fuel. None of the 43 White men to first serve in the White House had been questioned about their birthplace, but Obama — the nation’s first Black leader — faced these questions as an attack on his legitimacy.
Trump began raising unfounded doubts about Obama’s citizenship during a media tour in March 2011, as he floated the possibility of running for office himself. Hawaiian state health officials called his claims “ludicrous.”
Before Obama responded late the following month by producing his long-form birth certificate, Melania Trump went on “The Joy Behar Show” to defend her husband.
“It’s not only Donald who wants to see it,” she told Behar the following month. “It’s American people who voted for him and who didn’t vote for him. They want to see that.”
When the TV host pointed out that Obama’s short-form birth certificate was already available on the Internet, Trump shot back, saying: “We feel it’s different.”
Nearly a decade later, after praising the “fine people” on both sides of a deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville and cracking down on protests against racial injustice following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, it would appear that little had changed for Donald Trump on matters of race.
“Never make assumptions based on the color of a person’s skin,” said the spotlight-averse first lady. “Instead of tearing things down, let’s reflect on our mistakes, be proud of our evolution and look to our way forward.”
Four years after she faced allegations of plagiarizing from her predecessor, Michelle Obama, Trump’s appeal for racial understanding received a comparably sunny reception….
The story Melania Trump narrated in the Rose Garden was, of course, just the opposite. There, she spun her very occasional public acts as a public contribution on the scale of her predecessors’, who all did far more, at less expense. To do the spinning, she violated an important restraint on the use of the White House, and almost certainly involved her staff in violations of federal election law.
The text of Melania Trump’s speech was rambling, vapid, and disconnected from reality. It mixed sad laments about the partisan and cultural divides that her husband foments and exploits, and that she herself has done little to overcome, with partisan slams at opponents and the media. “No matter the amount of negative or false media headlines or attacks from the other side, Donald Trump has not and will not lose for you,” she said. But the speech in its full context revealed much about the family side of the Trumps: the damage they have done in office, the damage they will continue to do if given a second term. That approach framed the spooky blankness of the first lady’s face and the empty falsehood of her words….
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