This has got to be one of the strangest, sexist fluff pieces yet:
Seems reasonable and strangely wise of Mel. I mean from all media accounts, she never asked to be First Lady and clearly hated it, so why would she want to be involved in Lord Damp Nut’s insurrection?
According to multiple people who spoke to CNN about Trump’s life in the weeks since she departed the nation’s capital, her daily schedule has nothing to do with politics, Congress, trials or stymied social media accounts.
“She goes to the spa, has lunch, goes to the spa (again) and has dinner with Donald on the patio,” said one person familiar with Melania Trump’s schedule at Mar-a-Lago, her home in Palm Beach, Florida. “Rinse and repeat. Every day.”
What, one wonders, did Mel do before? A question not asked, and not answered. But Wait! Another source speaks up!
Another person familiar with her daily routine confirms Trump’s affinity for the private club’s spa facilities, noting it is not unusual for her to spend several hours a day there, enjoying the benefits at her disposal, often going twice in a 24-hour period, for massages, nail care, facial treatments or other items on the menu.
The fact checker broke a sweat getting the spa story confirmed! I wonder what’s next?
“She almost always does dinner,” said a third person who has seen Trump outside of the spa. She spends her evenings on the outdoor patio of Mar-a-Lago, where she prefers fish for an entrée, according to the source, and is often joined at the table by her parents, Viktor and Amalija Knavs, who reside in a private suite of rooms at Mar-a-Lago for much of the year.
So, let me get this right: she eats… DINNER!
Yet there have been moments of bitterness and regret, say several people with knowledge of Trump’s conversations of late, most notably since Joe Biden’s inauguration and with respect to the activities of her successor, Jill Biden.
Uh-oh. Sounds like CNN is positioning Mel and Jill to have a chick-fight!
When Trump left Washington, she had the worst favorability ratings of any modern first lady upon departure from the White House, according to polling conducted by SSRS for CNN.
At one time, early in her tenure, that wasn’t the case — Melania Trump was the most-liked member of the Trump family and the broader administration. But it’s possible that Donald Trump’s incendiary style, even though not necessarily something his wife condoned, had the residual effect of chipping away at the first lady’s popularity. After the January 6 attack on the Capitol, Melania Trump did not make a statement denouncing the violence for five days.
She couldn’t think of a thing to say?
Trump, according to a person familiar with her schedule, had planned on going to Biden’s inauguration and learned she would not be attending when her husband tweeted he would not go.
Little Lady cannot go stag to the shindig! And what if Justin Trudeau showed up?
Disappointed by the way she left Washington, she has been “bitter and chilly” at times toward her husband, upset that her image became collateral damage in his quest to denounce the election and procure a peaceful transfer of power, two of the people familiar with her thinking of late note.
ETTD. Collateral damage is a nice touch, gotta admit.
Oh, and previously Mel was warm and loving with The Donald as she re-negotiated her pre-nups? Got it. And speaking of renegotiating her pre-nup…
But Trump’s most fervent ire has come from watching Jill Biden kick off her East Wing tenure on nearly the antithesis of the path Trump took. Biden moved into the White House right away, for starters, and had a staff hired and fleshed out within two weeks of the inauguration. Trump, meanwhile, remained in New York for the first five months of the administration, ostensibly to let son Barron finish up the school year; she never had more than 12 people on her White House staff, at times there were as few as seven. (Jill Biden already has nearly a dozen full-time staff members and is expected to add more.)
Cause meets effect, but that hardly seems like Mel’s wheelhouse…
Trump has also taken note of the publicity her successor has garnered.
There we go! That’s Mel’s wheelhouse!
Within weeks of becoming first lady, Biden has done an interview with People magazine, gracing the cover with her husband, the new President, and was featured in Parents magazine, where she discussed her empathy for families dealing with homeschooling their children during the pandemic. The Bidens also appeared in a televised message that aired prior to last Sunday’s Super Bowl.
Jill Biden has held at least seven events or speaking engagements since becoming first lady, on topics including military families, cancer prevention, health care, community college education and support for teachers. Prior to leaving Washington on January 20, Melania Trump had not been seen publicly for three weeks and had not held a solo public event for six weeks — a schedule not entirely uncommon for the former first lady, who opted to maintain a less robust calendar, her staff said, to provide more focus on being a wife and mother.
The attention Biden has been getting has not gone unnoticed by Trump, say those who know her. Though she is lamenting the media focus on her successor, Trump turned down several similar offers from national publications throughout her time as first lady, according to two people who worked closely with her. When presented with offers and asks for participation, it was Trump who would not want to do them.
In four years, she never did an interview with a national publication.
And that’s Jill Biden’s fault? I really don’t get what CNN is trying to say here?
But the former first lady is not blaming herself in hindsight, she’s blaming others — former staff members, magazine editors, and corporations and foundations that opted not to work with her because of the former President’s political rhetoric. Trump has recently been noting to acquaintances that she thinks she could have participated in more media opportunities and policy events had her staff been more accommodating to her needs.
Mel never blames herself. That is part of her brand as surely the Christmas decoration stylings stolen from the Overlook Hotel.
This whole thing is sexist if not misogynistic, and yet it scans as accurate.