Updated: Sep 20
Author's Note: Following is an updated blog entry first published in January 2020.
Readers of this blog already know what a great fan I am of America’s First Lady (NOT!). I’m also unsupportive of the cheap shots, name-calling, shaming, back-stabbing, lying, and general mudslinging - not to forget the corruption - emblematic of her husband’s presidency and, by extension, her knee-jerk complicity.
Nonetheless, one needs to keep the Trump Era in perspective.
As asserted in another article (www.francescorizzuto.com/post/no-lives-matter), the United States isn’t, and never was, the country of the American revolutionary mythos. It is instead a society predicated on racism, bigotry and greed from whence the ship of civility has long since sailed. Respect for the law has become a joke. Fair play and a shared sense of decency are nothing more than a fond memory.
It's unsurprising that America has lately become a laughingstock on the world stage, a situation that has as much to do with American history as it does with the emergence of the Trumps as its most vital representation.
But this article isn't about the crude antics of Donald J. Trump. It's about his wife, Melania, First Lady of the United States and supposedly a role model for American women and girls. It's about the Trump message for men. And it's about the demise of common decency and plain, old fashioned respect for women.
Can anyone imagine Queen Elizabeth II posing nude for GQ? Or even the newly minted and better endowed Duchess Meghan Markle, for that matter? Yet, Americans seem to think it’s okay for the country’s First Lady to feature in cheesy porn shots that every red-blooded adolescent male knows what to do with. While Donald Trump fights to keep his tax returns out of the public eye, by the time she moved into the White House everyone in the country had seen his wife's tits. And a lot more.
As Brutus declared back in the 1st century, I’m not here to eulogize a Caesar but to bury one. A page has been turned and the country needs to accept the new normal and move on. Old fashioned decency is out. Porn is in. Eleanor Roosevelt and Michelle Obama are no longer role models for American women and girls. 47% of American women - the ones who voted, that is - thought that a professed racist and sexual predator would make an excellent role model for their sons, while a low-track porn star makes a fine role model for their daughters. Sure, if you want your kids to join the KKK and flog their booties on PornHub.
A Slovenian immigrant with a questionable past is their new national idol. Melania’s nude photos appeared in print long before the 2016 presidential election, and her husband’s own sordid history was also public knowledge, yet roughly half the American electorate selected this couple as their best and brightest. Women's rights and the #MeToo Movement aside, the majority of America's women voters elevated a pornographic model to the office of First Lady. The unavoidable conclusion is that Americans finally have the leadership they deserve in this perfect reflection of their own values and goals.
Like everything else in the USA, it’s all about money; nonetheless, behind Melania's tacky façade is a person. So here I am to defend her. Sort of.
Whether the First Lady was a gold-digging call girl, as some writers have asserted, or a virginal young fashion model, as her husband insists, is totally irrelevant. Melania’s public appearances, as well as anecdotal information leaked from White House staff, suggest that she is reconsidering the wisdom of having gone down the aisle with the repulsive but very rich Donald J. Trump. There were other prospects among the Epstein-Maxwell illuminati that might have offered less embarrassing but still lucrative marriage prospects. And what's in that prenup agreement, anyway? Well, perhaps Lady Ghislaine will shed some light on that (please see www.francescorizzuto.com/post/who-s-naughty-or-nice ).
That the Trumps sleep in separate bedrooms doesn't mean they're not a loving couple. Ever tried to sleep in the same space with a spouse who snores like an asthmatic locomotive? Or whose nasal passages have been etched away by cocaine and Adderall abuse? You get what I mean. If hubby behaves in front of his wife like he does in front of his 'base', then it's understandable why no woman would care to occupy the same bedroom, let alone the same bed. Not for any amount of money.
And who dug up those mouldy old photos and got them into the tabloid media, during a presidential election no less? Well, there's a curious distribution of responsibility (e.g., guilt) around this one. Some say it was her husband's go-fer, Roger Stone, who leaked Melania's Slovakia-era nude and lesbian-themed snapshots to the press as revenge for her angry reaction to Donald shamelessly banging a porn star and Playboy model and the release of the Access Hollywood tape. In Trump's usual erratic manner, he was quite willing to throw his own wife under the bus just to have the last word.
Later, Trump tried to defend his wife's pre-marital faux pas, as well as his own callousness, by claiming that "In Europe, pictures like this are very fashionable and common."
Well, gentle reader, I live in Europe and assure you that they are not.
And what about that more recent GQ spread? After that semi-nude shoot, the President even asked that the proofs be sent to his desk. Complicity all around. This time it was both POTUS and FLOTUS thumbing their noses at the American people. Cheeky!
The same duplicitous White House staff so eager to leak salacious details of the Trump marriage to the press also describe Melania as being warm and kind, even genuine; a gentle soul, no less. Inside the package, there really is a person, they insist, albeit one prone to morphing into a talking head. A physically attractive package, but without much in the way of brains or even common sense. In other words, a fair description of the 47% of American women who voted Trump in 2016.
But seriously, now. Take your typical suburban housewife with stockbroker husband, swimming pool, two SUV’s in the driveway, kids in a trendy private school, membership in 'the club.' What's the difference between her and the little girl selling her booty on the street corner? The only real difference is the level of risk versus reward. Melania Trump isn’t very different from the rest of us.
Okay #MeToo, call me misogynist. The reality is that more witch hunts won’t hide the fact that America has become a global laughingstock as the Trumps establish a new and embarrassing normal that is here to stay. The behavioural standards for FLOTUS are appallingly low. That maligned little girl selling sex on the street corner can easily achieve them.
If one revisits Melania’s less revealing photo ops, public statements and tweets, it’s painfully obvious that she’s operating in survival mode. And if this woman has any sense at all, she must surely recognize that her name will not go down well in history. She won’t be eulogized like Eleanor Roosevelt or Ruth Bader Ginsberg for having championed women’s dignity and civil rights or even peace in the world. She will, however, be remembered for mocking migrant children detained in concentration camp cages (“I really don’t care, do you?”) while lending her name to a toothless anti-cyberbullying program, at the same time defending her husband’s public abuse of teenager Greta Thunberg, a girl of whom any other American First Lady would have been enormously proud rather than jealous. And that’s not to mention her imbecilic stand on ‘birtherism.’
In the run-up to the Republican National Convention of August 2020, Melania Knaus made what was perhaps a fatal mistake. She risked alienating even those maliciously ignorant women voters who put her in the White House. And what could that possibly be?
She turned Jackie Kennedy's Rose Garden into Gorky Park.
Now, for a nation that obsesses with the Russian menace and calls its own Democratic Party communist, that's an unforgivable sin.
As if this weren't bad enough, a few days later America's First Lady delivered a speech at the Republican National Convention - in that same desecrated Rose Garden no less - dressed in what appeared to be a Soviet Army uniform.
Well, at least we know where she purchased it. You 47 percenters can now outfit the entire family for the post-November dictatorship.
But then, isn’t it all about money? Your life, my life, and Melania’s life?
And by the way, a bit of advice to bloggers who think that FLOTUS45 equates with HOETUS 45: America’s First Lady prefers her apologies in cash.
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