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Melania Trump Spent the Majority of Her Time in the WH Assembling Photo Albums of … Herself

Everyone on the left, and this site, in particular, has long known that Melania Trump acted and appeared to be the most self-centered and excruciatingly entitled person we could conjure with one exception, that being her husband. We often called Mel the biggest spoiled little brat imaginable. But given some of the details coming out of Stephanie Grisham’s book, it appears that even we underestimated Mel’s disgusting self-absorption.

According to CNN, Grisham said that in the entire four years, Melania appeared in her actual office in the east wing only a “handful” of times.

“Mrs. Trump was working from home long before the country was,” says Grisham, jokingly making reference to the Covid-era remote work habits of most Americans. “When warranted, we would have in-person meetings, but those generally took place in the Map Room across from the elevators to the residence. There we would plan out schedules, respond to pressing queries, and discuss goals. Other than that, the first lady kept to her rooms in the residence.

Yeah, offices are just so “slummy.” Melania probably thought, “Queens don’t have offices.” This, despite the fact that we feel pretty comfortable guessing that Queen Elizabeth does actually have an office that she likely used more than a little, especially when she was younger and busier.

Melania Trump spent a lot of time, writes Grisham, on “self-care,” which included many hours of sleep. (Grisham says the East Wing staff rarely heard from their boss before 10 a.m. most days. She believed that relaxation was central to one’s beauty regimen, as were, of course, spa treatments and facials.

Interesting. Most people might call this kind of self-care “laziness” or glutinous luxuriation. On another note, most people believe that “self-care” includes some spiritual self-care, which often involves some work for others. Spending most of the day in the spa getting facials robs one of a lot of time for spiritual self-care, leaving one only enough time to spend on beauty, which is pretty ugly.

Grisham also says Trump’s main “work” the public did not see during her White House years was the hours and hours she spent devoted to copious and detailed photo albums. Grisham says hundreds if not thousands of photographs of her time in the White House were pored over and categorized and painstakingly placed into albums — the keeping of which is a longtime hobby of the former first lady.

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Well, we suppose that if one puts such an effort into “self-care” in order to look beautiful, it must be important to make sure one’s getting their money’s worth. All those hours of “work” better “work,” or she might have had to move on to something else, perhaps she wasn’t far enough away from the office and needed more self-care time in Florida.

And throughout it all, while Melania pampered herself to the extent she surely believed she deserved, if one person dared to criticize her, even mildly, one could expect a sharp rebuke about being awful, terrible and that the person doing the criticism is the one with a real problem, just as Melania has done with Grisham.

As noted up top, as tough as we’ve been on Melania, it appears that even we got it all wrong. It was far worse than we contemplated. Which, until today, we’d have thought impossible.

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Nicole Hickman 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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