Politics - News Analysis
Where the Hell is Melania Trump?
Like it or not, Melania Trump is the First Lady of the United States.
She decided to marry that pig currently occupying the Oval Office, which means she has a job to do. And she isn’t doing it.
Yes, Melania has sent a few tweets, and has retweeted the CDC and participated in two PSAs informing Americans to socially distance and wash their hands.
But that is it. That is literally it. She sent tweets. Which we all know she didn’t write herself.
Melania Trump has spoken with two other First Ladies, from Canada and France.
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Melania offered Sophie Grégoire Trudeau her “well wishes” on Thursday following the Canadian first lady’s recovery from the novel coronavirus.
During their phone call, Melania “reaffirmed her deep appreciation for the continued cooperation between the United States and Canada to address unprecedented challenges related to the pandemic,” according to a statement from the White House on Thursday.
And today Melania spoke with Brigitte Macron of France.
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) April 3, 2020
But that is it. That is LITERALLY it.
Let’s compare that to what other First Ladies have done in times of crisis.
Donald Trump likes to say we are at war and he’s a “wartime president.”
So let’s look at what Eleanor Roosevelt did.
Roosevelt told a friend that World War II filled her with a sense of responsibility she could never fulfill. Consequently, Roosevelt increased her already daunting pace to one that amazed reporters, admirals, defense workers, and soldiers. Her wartime work can be divided into three categories: refugee issues, home front issues, and soldiers’ concerns.
Well before the United States entered the war, Roosevelt worked to make it easier for refugees from Hitler’s Germany to enter the country, but there was stiff resistance to changing America’s strict immigration laws. She served as both an official and unofficial advisor to groups trying to aid refugees from the Spanish Civil War. After Kristallnacht, she worked with the Emergency Rescue Committee, the U.S. Committee for the Care of European Children, and the Children’s Crusade for Children. Her support for refugee work was so public that she received hundreds of petitions from people trying to enter the United States.
Roosevelt believed that promoting democracy at home and keeping up people’s spirits was a vital part of the war effort. She thought the major lesson of World War I was that we won the war, but “lost the peace.” She told Americans that we had forgotten what we were for and focused instead on what we were against. Throughout WWII, even before the attack on Pearl Harbor, she remained determined to do all that she could to promote democracy and shore up morale so that we would not make the same mistake.
Roosevelt felt that she could never thank soldiers enough for the sacrifices they made. She even carried a prayer in her wallet encouraging her “to remember that somewhere someone died for me today” and “to ask am I worth dying for.”
Her work for soldiers took several forms. She corresponded with several soldiers and became their “pen pals.” They responded honestly to her questions and she helped get their issues addressed. For example, when officers always got the best seats at the USO shows, Roosevelt worked to arrange a more just seating plan. She also thought the letter FDR sent to families of soldiers killed in battle was too cold and helped rewrite it. She would use “My Day” to put soldiers’ concerns before the public and Congress. But, perhaps, her most important contribution was the kindness and support she gave the thousands of soldiers she met on her trips to military bases at home, in England, and in the South Pacific.
Let’s get back to Melania.
Melania tweeted about lighting up the White House for Autism Awareness Day, which is great! Coronavirus shouldn’t stop awareness. And we even got a photo that shows she might be in the White House.
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) April 3, 2020
So I guess that means she’s in the White House? No one really knows though, because Melania is so secretive.
Still, just sending a tweet isn’t enough. Not even close.
Is she visiting hospitals to meet with people working on the front lines?
Ok, her health is important…but she could do it virtually. She could send lunch, or donuts, or treats or SOMETHING.
Yes, Melania Trump does have a young child at home right now. So I will give her a SLIGHT pass. Barron Trump is 14, and his private school in Potomac, Maryland is closed. But does anyone here actually believe Melania is teaching Barron right now? I’m sure he’s attending classes online like all the other children in America.
And remember, Melania is already one of the least active First Ladies in history.
During the Spanish Flu in 1918, despite it being over 100 years ago, First Lady Edith Wilson was also front and center helping Americans. SHE DIDN’T HIDE AWAY AND DO NOTHING.
Remember in 1918 they didn’t have the internet. The situation was much scarier because information was harder to come by.
But still, Edith Wilson sent 1,000 roses to sick young women working for the war effort in Washington, “with an expression of sympathy and the hope of speedy recovery.”
Melania could do something besides send out one tweet a day.
I think Chrissy Teigen put it best:
Has melania even thought about doing something with her be best shit during these times? I see regular ass awesome people on my timeline all day doing all they can to make people happy and this wifebot is working on whatever the fuck a tennis gazebo is
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) March 18, 2020