Human Rights

Melania Trump Was Fine With Kids Being Held at the Border Because They ‘Had a Cabinet for Their Clothes’

Copies of Stephanie Winston Wolkoff’s tell-all book Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of my friendship with the First Lady are flying off the shelves and has hit the number one best-seller spot at Amazon this week, and it’s revealing at least one key fact about Melania Trump that many of us already suspected is indeed true:

She really doesn’t care about the immigrant children incarcerated in detention camps and she wore the now infamous coat with “I Don’t Really Care, Do U?” scrawled on the back for attention, because “otherwise, no one would have covered the story,” Wolkoff wrote, according to The Week.

What kind of a callous person do you have to be to make light of the suffering of little children? Some of these kids were mere babies, torn away from their mothers at just one or two years old.

Melania wore the coat when she traveled to Texas in June 2018 and Wolkoff said she talked to her former friend about the conditions she saw at the Texas-based facility. Trump noted that people were going “crazy about the zero-tolerance policy at the border” but added that it wasn’t as bad as people thought.

In her book, Wolkoff said she quoted Melania directly and that she told her the children she met had been “brought in by coyotes, the bad people who are trafficking, and that’s why the kids were put in shelters. They’re not with their parents, and it’s sad. But the patrols told me the kids say, ‘Wow I get a bed? I will have a cabinet for my clothes?’ It’s more than they have in their own country where they sleep on the floor. They are taking care nicely there.”

But that’s not all. Wolkoff writes that Melania also told her mothers taught their kids to tell border officials “I’m going to be killed by gangs!” as a way to gain entry into the U.S.

“They are using that line and it’s not true,” Trump told her. “They don’t want to stay in Mexico because Mexico doesn’t take care of them the same as America does.”

If Melania thinks that then she’s really, really wrong. Drug cartels rule the days and nights in some Mexican states, like Chihuahua, for instances where teenagers are hired as sicarios (hitmen) to kill for a living. And we’ve all seen scores of tragic photos and videos of kids trapped in cages with little to nothing to comfort them, let alone beds. Children have flat-out died in these hell-holes but Melania wouldn’t know that because she lives in a rarefied world, paints detention camps as happy places.

So it’s fitting that Wolkoff would tell MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Tuesday that this is exactly what Trump told her and added “there is no way to fabricate any of my story.”

But really, are you even surprised by this? C’mon.

Here’s the interview below.

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Megan has lived in California, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida and she currently lives in Central America. Living in these places has informed her writing on politics, science, and history. She is currently owned by 15 cats and 3 dogs and regularly owns Trump supporters when she has the opportunity.

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