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Trump Tells a Pathetic, Easily Fact-Checked Lie About Melania During Interview to Soothe His Fragile Ego
They just can't get over this.
During the now-infamous (for how crazy it was) interview that Trump just did with Megyn Kelly, both the host and the guest entertained a pretty egregious lie. First, Megyn claimed that Melania had never been on the cover of Vogue, while “they just let Karine Jean-Pierre in there.” Jean-Pierre is, of course, the first black White House Press Secretary.
Trump chimed in to slightly correct her, saying Melania had been on the cover “before she met me,” an effort to say that the media hated him so much that they ignored a former cover model after she got with him.
So are they both liars? Of course they are. Melania WAS on the cover of Vogue, and she was wearing the wedding dress she married Trump in less than a month earlier.
MEGYN KELLY: Let’s talk personal for a minute, if you don’t mind. Haven’t seen a lot of Melania lately. How’s she doing and how’s Barron doing? Because I know he’s a senior in high school now.
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TRUMP: Yes, he’s doing really well. He’s in school. She’s doing very well. She’s very strong, very, very even-keeled. And she’s a very good woman. As you know, she was a very popular first lady. I mean, I go out to rallies and they have pictures of Melania with “we love our first lady” with so many posters, you know, where they’re in the audience and they’re because we’re getting big p– we had the biggest rallies we’ve ever had.
KELLY: Do you believe they never put her on Vogue, on the cover of Vogue? And they just they just let Karine Jean-Pierre in there?
TRUMP: Now, can you believe it? Can you believe it? She was on the cover of Vogue before she met me. Yeah, And during. But once I said I’m running for president, that was, that was the end of the cover.
Now, it could just be me, but it seems like Melania was only even on the cover ONCE because of her association with Trump. Trump is famous and has been for years. Naturally, anyone he marries will become famous as well.
The entire article inside the magazine was literally about the wedding.
But Melania did nothing notable other than marrying the guy. Why would they put her on the cover again? Both Melania and her husband seem sensitive about it, though. Melania even complained about Jill Biden’s cover of Vogue, when that was centered on the fact that she was actually First Lady, not just marrying a famous guy.
And for the record, Vogue DID reach out to Melania to offer her a profile and she said NO. According to former BFF Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, the magazine reached out to Melania early on in her husband’s presidency, when she was still working as her adviser. (Winston Wolkoff resigned from the position in February 2018.)
In the book, Winston Wolkoff later recalled Melania’s reaction to Vogue profiling Daniels, the adult film star who claimed to have had an affair with Donald Trump in 2006, while he was married.
“Annie Leibovitz shot the porn hooker,” she said, according to her former adviser. “I’m so glad I didn’t do that profile in Vogue.”
“You know, they came back two months ago and asked me to do it again. “It might be a cover,” they said,” Melania added. “Are you kidding me? I don’t give a fuck about Vogue or any other magazine. They would never put me on the cover.”
“Vogue reached out to Melania, hoping to schedule an Annie Leibovitz photo shoot of the First Lady in the White House, with writer Rob Haskell shadowing her for a few days to write a profile. All that sounded great, but the magazine could not guarantee that Melania would appear on the cover,” Winston Wolkoff wrote.
“For the record, not all First Ladies are put on the cover of Vogue. Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton, yes. Laura and Barbara Bush, no,” she added. “Melania wasn’t going to do anything for Vogue or any other magazine if she wasn’t going to be on the cover. “Give me a break!” she texted. “Forget it.”‘
Let’s put it behind us, guys. We know Trump’s mad that Biden’s Press Secretary got a cover when other people to hold that position did not. But there are notable things about her that don’t apply to the others.
I know it’s hard to be happy for someone else’s success, but this is just silly.
Trump says that Melania was on Vogue before she met him. This is a lie. She was on the cover once, in 2005, for marrying him. She was NEVER a "supermodel". Yet Trump's fragile ego makes him tell an easily fact-checked lie. pic.twitter.com/pelPo7pOrL
— Nicole Hickman James (@nicolejames) September 17, 2023