Melania Trump just released a hollow response to the shocking release of an audio recording where her husband, the Republican nominee, described his sexual harassment, assaults and infidelity in 2005 – within a year of their wedding vows – while the former model was pregnant with their son.
statement verified personal twitter account does not say that she accepted Trump’s apology, but rather that she “hopes people will” accept the emotionless false apology her husband delivered via a campaign script last night.
The Atlantic reports:
The words my husband used are unacceptable and offensive to me. This does not represent the man I know. He has the heart and mind of a leader. I hope people will accept his apology, as I have, and focus on the important issues facing our nation in the world.
What kind of woman scorned would say such a thing? Melania might as well have tweeted, ‘Forget my husband’s sexual assault, cheating and shocking openness about it and focus on this election. I don’t forgive him, but you should.’
Meanwhile, Trump himself has hypocritically taken to sliming former-President Bill Clinton in the wake of his explosive 2005 admissions. Trump practically released his false apology only to divert attention from himself and onto the Democratic nominee, his wife Hillary Clinton, for staying together after Bill’s adultery twenty years ago. Trump’s apology said this:
“I’ve said some foolish things, but there’s a big difference between the words and actions of other people. Bill Clinton has actually abused women and Hillary has bullied, attacked, shamed and intimidated his victims.”
How can he possibly accuse Hillary Clinton of bullying when right there on tape, he admitted sexually assaulting random women because ‘he’s a big celebrity and can get away with anything. It’s amazing.’
Bill Clinton made a tremendous mistake as President and was a terrible husband, and paid the price for it. Hillary stood by her husband because it’s none of your business and the private relations of consensual adults don’t have any affect on their ability to run this country.
Blaming Hillary for supporting her husband as he struggled with self-control in his personal life is just wrong.
Melania Trump was likely bound by a strict pre-nuptial agreement, including one of Trump’s ubiquitous non-disparagement and non-disclosure agreements. The Republican campaign has demanded that even call center employees contract away their right to criticize Trump, so it’s logical that he’d do the same to his wife, or but with far more serious financial consequences.
In August, Donald Trump was likely describing his own wife, when insinuated that Gold Star mother Ghazala Khan, “wasn’t allowed to say anything.” Melania Trump’s unemotional response, without accepting Trump’s apology and call to “focus on the important issues,” virtually screams compulsion to remain silent, and scripted by the campaign. It is no wonder that Melania doesn’t speak out like Ghazala Khan did when she wrote this understated, eloquent editorial in the Washington Post.
Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and her spouse have absolutely naught to do with the thrice married Republican nominee’s serial womanizing and sexual predator. But that’s not stopping Donald Trump from cynically throwing shade at the next President of the United States in a pitiful attempt to deflect the death blow which has landed upon his campaign.
It won’t work.
In an election year where all of her other official statements have been delivered via that social media outlet by herself during the Trump Campaign.
Melania’s silent verified personal Twitter account. speaks volumes.
Ed. Note: Statement updated to say verified personal twitter account after publication “Notably, her
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Grant Stern is an Editor-At-Large for OccupyDemocrats and published author. His new Meet the Candidates 2020 book series is distributed by Simon and Schuster. He's also mortgage broker, community activist and radio personality in Miami, Florida., as well as the producer of the Dworkin Report podcast. Grant is also an occasional contributor to Raw Story, Alternet, and the DC Report, and a senior advisor to the Democratic Coalition