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Columnist Calls Donald and Melania Trump the ‘Cruelest’ Couple to Ever Occupy the White House

Donald and Melania Trump are being slammed as the “cruelest” couple to ever live in the White House, according to a columnist for the New York Daily News.

Both Donald and Melania have faced controversy the last 35 months Trump has been in office. Donald Trump’s controversy’s are too numerous to list, from his Muslim travel ban, to singling out and attacking black reporters, to calling his former lover, adult film start Stormy Daniels, a “horseface,” and throwing paper towels at hurricane survivors in Puerto Rico.

As New York Daily News columnist Linda Stasi says, calling the first couple “cruel” is warranted.

“Melania Trump, whose platform was supposed to be about kindness and the end of bullying, has become, along with her husband, half of the unkindest, least gracious and shockingly cruelest couples to occupy the White House,” Stasi wrote.

Stasi pointed to Melania Trump’s very public demand that former deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel be fired. According to CNN, it was unprecedented for a first lady to wade so deeply into political matters, especially in calling for the firing of a high-ranking official. The report noted that Melania had some bad blood with Ricardel, who was critical of the cost and logistics of the first lady’s recent trip to Africa.

Stasi took issue with the way Melania Trump handled the situation, saying it was an attempt to publicly humiliate Ricardel. She wrote that Melania Trump, whose father was reportedly a member of the Communist Party in his former county, “must think this is how you act when you’re the wife of a cruel dictator.”

The move reportedly shocked many inside the White House, especially after reports that Melania did not know Ricardel personally. Others said it highlighted the rampant back-stabbing that Donald Trump has encouraged within his administration.

Stasi also slammed Melania for not speaking up amid her husband’s policy to separate immigrant children from their parents. Others had also attacked Melania for her relative silence on the issue and her decision to wear a jacket emblazoned with the words “I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?” when she did finally make a visit to a child detention center, but Melania did not apologize and later explained that the words were meant as a message to her critics.

The columnist also slammed Donald Trump, who she claims is equally as cruel:

“But then again, this is a President who wanted to keep the votes of American combat troops from being counted, threw paper towels at the hurricane-ravaged survivors of Puerto Rico, said the massacre in a synagogue was the fault of the members for not being armed, mocked alleged sexual assault victim Dr. Christine Blasey Ford as his supporters cheered “Lock her up!” mocked a disabled reporter, praised Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-Mont.) for body-slamming a reporter, created a new policy to deny family visas to same-sex domestic partners of foreign diplomats and United Nations employees, and who thinks it’s OK to grab women by the p—y.”

meet the author

Nicole James is a lifelong Democrat and political activist who first cut her teeth as a teenager volunteering for Mike Dukakis’ presidential campaign. She has worked and volunteered for John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, HFA (Hillary For America) and Organizing For Action. She’s passionate about liberal and progressive causes, and considers President Obama her most favorite president ever. She holds her Bachelor’s from Boston College and her Master’s from Columbia University, both in Economics. When not working as a writer, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her three college-aged children.


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