Donald Trump has now given America ample evidence that he is one of those guys who somehow made it through life without ever once getting his ass kicked. That might seem like a simple metric for common sense, but it can be a figurative thing, too — it just means he’s a spoiled child who was never told “no” enough or perhaps at all.
Unfortunately for his family and friends, that extends into his personal life — including his marriage. In fact, it’s hard to estimate just how detrimental it is to his relationship with Melania if she dares to show even the slightest bit of independence, self-reliance, or her own opinions and personality.
But that often seems to drive Melania away. We’ve seen a steady decline in actual physical contact between the two since he was elected, with a sharp drop after the revelation of his two affairs with adult industry celebrities shortly after the birth of his youngest son Barron, both of which he illegally paid hush money just before the election to cover up.
That distance between the two never seemed more amplified — and more like Melania wanted to really, actually seem like an honest to god First Lady, regardless of how little respect her husband has for the presidency itself — than when Donald started a social media beef with LeBron James after the basketball superstar publicly criticized him.
After Trump trashed King James on Twitter shortly after the opening of his school, Melania sent out a statement through her spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham that contradicted her husband:
It looks like LeBron James is working to do good things on behalf of our next generation. And just as she always has, the First Lady encourages everyone to have an open dialogue about issues facing children today.”
And after Trump criticized his own wife for watching CNN aboard Air Force One, Grisham repped her boss once again:
Seems kind of silly to worry about what channel she watches on TV (any channel she wants btw) or if she heard some recording on the news.”
But the most chilling evidence so far that she’s just plain sick of Donald’s antics came when she straight up ditched him on the tarmac on their way to Mar-a-Lago — storming past him with Barron straight to the limo without so much as glancing at him as he stood and waved like a celebrity, just last year:
— George Bennett (@gbennettpost) February 3, 2018
It’s nice to see Melania claim her own agency — even if we’re not quite convinced she’s a whole lot better than Trump himself as a person.
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