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Sorry Folks, Melania’s Not Divorcing Trump — ‘She’s Willingly Complicit in His Schemes’
Little known fact, writers don’t write the titles to articles. It is too hard. Titles are an art form left to those who know how. But whoever wrote the title of the WaPo’s expose on Melania today failed to read the article, or intentionally mislead the readers. The article is titled: Melania Trump, Like America, May Be More in Love with Trump than His Critics Would Hope. Given that we have seen absolutely NO evidence of this “love” of which they speak, we dove into the article with interest.
It doesn’t say a thing about “love.” It says a lot about shared goals and being one hell of a lot alike. Now that is something upon which we’ve reported because it’s become increasingly obvious that she is absolutely his equal in her focus on money, power, greed, and entitlement, entitlement, entitlement, Melania defines entitlement.
To summarize an article that is far too long for the premise, she’s exactly like him. But that doesn’t mean they’re in love or that she’s not leaving him the moment it becomes “polite” to society. It means that the decision will be calculated upon whether she’s better off economically and all she’s entitled to in her opinion (not to mention possible legal liability) with him than without him.
The person that might know them best, Michael Cohen, serves up this summary:
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“I don’t think Melania leaves Donald. She’s very willingly complicit in his schemes and holds his beliefs as her own,” said Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s former attorney who is under home confinement while finishing out a felony federal sentence for tax fraud and campaign finance violations. “Those two deserve each other.”
This is very true. When it comes to American politics, Melania doesn’t know what she believes until the Trumps tell her. When it comes to her own future and what she wants, they don’t know what she believes until she tells them.
The Trumps are remarkably in sync despite their personality differences, said Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a former friend and aide who wrote a book that was highly critical of the first lady. “It’s part of the show. She’s always been the quiet. He’s been the loud. She’s been the soft. He’s been the hard. They play off one another. It’s part of the relationship that makes it work.”
Wrong. Anyone close to Trump better be quiet or they won’t be close to Trump long.
An SNL writer noted they used to do the “Free Melania” thing and think of her as a victim, right up until she wore the coat, the “I don’t care, do u?” (she said it was a message to the media and you’d have to be a duck to believe that). At that point, she was no longer the victim:
“There was this shift. It wasn’t funny anymore,” Torres said in a 2019 interview. At first, Torres and his colleagues had felt somewhat sorry for Melania Trump. “We were like, ‘Oh, this poor lady. The American Dream gone bad,’ ” he said. “And then she started talking and it was like, ‘Oh, you’re not captive. You’re making choices. There is agency. You’re complicit. It’s not the princess in the castle anymore.’ ”
There is much more, too much. Because as we said, despite the title, there was nothing about “love” in the article, only a partnership that works for both of them. By definition, that means that if she stays with him it’s because the scheme is better that way. She is complicit, it is agency, she thinks she’s a princess who deserves a castle and will get it one way or another, with or without Donald.
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