After five days of silence Melania Trump issued a whiney, plagiarized statement about the January 6 Capitol riot, ignoring her husband’s role as ring leader and saying people are being mean to her.
Twitter yawned and said, I really don’t care do U?
Yesterday’s tone-deaf statement, heavily plagiarized from one of her earlier speeches, completely misjudges the mood of the country. Shocker.
The not-for-much-longer First Lady condemned last week’s violence without addressing its cause (her husband) and then whined about how she’s been treated in the aftermath of the insurrection.
“I find it shameful that surrounding these tragic events there has been salacious gossip, unwarranted personal attacks, and false misleading accusations on me – from people who are looking to be relevant and have an agenda.”
Melania watchers assume by “gossip” she means multiple reports of her staging a photo shoot of White House furniture, drapes, rugs and porcelain for a coffee table book, while domestic terrorists swarmed the U.S. Capitol blocks away.
CNN reports that as rioters were breaking into the Capitol looking for targeted lawmakers to hang or shoot, members of the media and Melania’s staff asked her if she planned to “tweet a statement of calm, or a call to stop the violence … she did not.” Rather she was focused on the photo shoot of the coffee book this is supposed to serve as her memoir. (This begs the question: what publisher would now produce and distribute such a book that was crafted on that day of infamy?)
And not only would Melania not issue her own statement trying to calm the violence, but she refused to urge her husband to do so, leaving that job to Trump’s daughter Ivanka — too little too late of course. According to CNN:
Her [Melania’s] disinterest in addressing the country was indicative of being “checked out,” said another White House source, who added, “she just isn’t in a place mentally or emotionally anymore where she wants to get involved.”
So it’s not surprising that Melania’s empty statement on the Capitol Riot was largely about her. Even her attempt to acknowledge those who died in the carnage rang hollow, by listing the deceased rioters ahead of Capitol Hill Officer Brian Sicknick, who died after being bludgeoned to death with a fire extinguisher by the MAGAts incited by her husband.
Two of Melania’s staff immediately resigned the night of the violent insurgency, leaving some to speculate who was left in the First Lady’s office to help craft or edit the poorly worded statement. Twitter users pointed out that large passages were lifted directly off of her RNC speech from last August with minor modifications, and that typos and errors were visable.
Other notable Twitter reactions to Melania’s statement include: