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Stephanie Grisham Calls Melania a Marie Antoinette-Type: Melania Responds With Nasty Comeback

Whoever thought that they might get a puff-piece book from former Trump spokesperson, Stephanie Grisham might want to recalculate. As a woman who worked both in the West Wing and the East Wing, one would be forgiven for thinking that Stephanie would remain a loyal Trumper. But this is not the same Stephanie Grisham as was around pre-January 6th, indeed, Grisham resigned hours after Melania refused to condemn the violence that was occurring on Capitol Hill that day.

From Politico, Grisham texted Melania as the crowd broke through the barrier:

“Do you want to tweet that peaceful protests are the right of every American, but there is no place for lawlessness and violence?” Grisham asked the first lady. A minute later, Melania replied with a one-word answer: “No.” At that moment, she was at the White House preparing for a photo shoot of a rug she had selected, according to exclusive excerpts of Grisham’s forthcoming book.

And Grisham also has some news for anyone who thinks that Melania is any different than her husband when it comes to both the victim complex and the conspiracy theories:

Grisham, a years-long Trump loyalist who resigned within hours of that text exchange, also writes that she asked Melania a couple times whether she should reach out to JILL BIDEN during the transition to set up the traditional inauguration tea. But instead of setting up the meeting, Melania told her that they should “see what the West Wing does.” The reason, according to Grisham: Melania, like her husband, believed the election was illegitimate.

Melania’s “office,” which exists solely to put out statements like the one below, is unhappy – of course – with the revelations and, like always, Melania calls Grisham out personally, because only awful, horrible people ever accuse Melania or any other Trump of doing anything wrong:

“The intent behind this book is obvious. It is an attempt to redeem herself after a poor performance as press secretary, failed personal relationships, and unprofessional behavior in the White House. Through mistruth and betrayal, she seeks to gain relevance and money at the expense of Mrs. Trump.” 

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This is what Melania does, it’s why she’s never had any close friends. Like Donald, everything in life is transactional, “what can we do for each other,” like a business contract. When someone criticizes the Trump family, they’ve removed themselves from the equation and there’s no loyalty, warmth, no sadness, or regret. Trumps cannot take criticism, nor can they simply keep their mouths shut. When someone criticizes them, it’s always a personal problem with the person lobbing the criticism, even someone who worked with them for five years. That same someone calls her out:

She writes that Melania’s response to her text on Jan. 6 “broke” her since she had long defended the first lady against accusations that she was a Marie Antoinette-type dilettante. Now, Grisham writes, she sees Melania like “the doomed French queen. Dismissive. Defeated. Detached.”

That sounds like Melania. As some have said, Stephanie knows where all the bodies are buried and has a shovel. It sounds like she’s ready to do some digging.


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