Do Not Forget About Melania Trump’s Antisemitic Past — She’s a Trump Through and Through
Melania Trump may or may not be anti-Semitic, but it’s more than clear that many of her supporters and those who support her husband Donald Trump clearly are.
Nowhere has that been clearer than when the former First Lady was interviewed by Russian-American journalist Julia Ioffe, for a story that appeared in GQ in April 2016.
That interview spurred Trump supporters to go cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs and unleash a blizzard of anti-Semitic slurs. That prompted Melania to blame Ioffe, who is Jewish, during an interview with DuJour magazine one month later, in May 2016.
In her story, Ioffe spent a bit of time investigating Melania’s family history, and a mere 24 hours after the story went online, the journalist was savaged by enraged Trumpers who fired off anti-Semitic and sometimes violent responses on social media, in blog posts, and even over the phone. Ioffe received an anonymous call from someone who played an Adolf Hitler speech and was subjected to tweets that included death threats and manipulated images that portrayed her as holocaust victims. At the time, Ioffe filed a report with the D.C. Police Department.
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Here’s one of the disgusting tweets below.
— Julia Ioffe (@juliaioffe) April 28, 2016
And, in what would turn out to be a hint of her future behavior, Melania did Melania.
“I don’t control my fans,” Trump says regarding the reaction. “But I don’t agree with what they’re doing. I understand what you mean, but there are people out there who maybe went too far. She provoked them.”
Melania actually said, “She provoked them”. And she also called these people her “fans”. The woman is delusional. And allowed disgusting antisemitic attacks against a Jewish woman who was simply doing her job. It’s not Ioffe’s fault that Melania’s father is a sleaze-ball who fathered a child and then never took responsibility for him.
This was a hugely stressful experience for Ioffe, and in an interview with The Guardian, at the time she noted:
“The irony of this is that today, when I was getting all of this horrible antisemitic shit that I’ve only ever seen in Russia, I was reminded that 26 years ago today my family came to the US from Russia.
Melania was not happy that Ioffe revealed that her father has a 50-year-old son whom he’s never acknowledged and whom she’s never met. While her half-brother is not quoted in the story, Ioffe still reveals his story, and Melania took issue with that.
“It doesn’t bother me if they write about me because I know who I am,” DuJour reports. “But what right does the reporter have to go and dig in court in Slovenia in 1960 about my parents? … But to do that, it’s a little bit nasty, it’s a little bit mean.”
Melania defended her husband Donald Trump, who has attracted a lot of support from white supremacists, including David Duke, the former leader of the Ku Klux Klan, and the white-nationalist website Daily Stormer, which has previously endorsed him.
“He’s not Hitler,” she told DuJour. “He wants to help America. He wants to unite people.”
Well, that certainly went haywire, now, didn’t it? Here we are years later and her husband has four indictments under his belt for an astonishing range of alleged malfeasance, and he and Melania are both “birthers” who maintained for years that former President Barack Obama wasn’t born in the U.S. (Obama was born in Hawaii).
Let’s not forget that her husband described white nationalists as “very fine people” and that Melania has supported him all the way through this.
She’s portrayed as cold and standoffish and as someone who relishes privacy, but she’s stood behind Trump all this time and it makes her as disgusting as he is.