Melania Trump: Expert discusses comments on Capitol riot
Stephanie Winston Wolkoff initially wrote an op-ed attacking the First Lady for not releasing a statement condemning the storming of Congress last Wednesday. Five days after the riots, Ms Trump issued a statement on Monday saying she “absolutely condemns the violence”.
In her White House statement, the First Lady claimed she had been hit by “unwarranted personal attacks” and “false and misleading accusations”.
She said: “I am disappointed and disheartened with what happened last week.
“I find it shameful that surrounding these tragic events there has been salacious gossip, unwarranted personal attacks, and false misleading accusations on me – from people who are looking to be relevant and have an agenda.
“This time is solely about healing our country and its citizens. It should not be used for personal gain.”
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However, Ms Wolkoff criticised the First Lady’s delayed statement claiming “she played the victim”.
She told the Daily Mail she was “lost for words” when reading Ms Trump’s statement.
Ms Wolkoff said: “Melania played the victim role as she blamed others, including me, for attacking her.
“It’s disappointing that she came out in response to my op-ed, instead of at her own volition with the feeling of a sense of responsibility and conviction as she claimed serving as the First Lady was an ‘honour of my lifetime’.”
Ms Wolkoff authored the New York Times bestseller ‘Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of my Friendship with the First Lady’ and recently penned a brutal op-ed about Ms Trump for The Daily Beast.
The former aide said she is “ashamed” to have ever worked for Ms Trump and added that she could not believe “how blind I was to the depth of her deception and lack of common decency”.
In Ms Trump’s statement on Monday she did not specifically mention her former aide’s comments but did claim there was “shameful” and “salacious” gossip.
She said: “Our Nation must heal in a civil manner. Make no mistake about it, I absolutely condemn the violence that has occurred on our Nation’s Capitol. Violence is never acceptable.”
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Ms Trump added: “Our path forward is to come together, find our commonalities, and be the kind and strong people that I know we are.”
The First Lady also said her “heart goes out to” the Capitol Police Officers and the six people who died following the riots.
She added: “I pray for their families comfort and strength during this difficult time.”
But Ms Wolkoff claimed she misjudged the First Lady’s “lack of moral compass”.
She continued: “Especially after reading how her ‘’heart goes out to’’ the same violent rioters Donald claimed to ‘love’, before enticing them to walk down to the Capitol with him (which he did not).
“I came to terms with her deceit and deception towards me a long time ago, but I am astounded by her lack of empathy.”
Ms Wolkoff also said she gave the First Lady “the benefit of the doubt about her moral character”.
She added: “I used to think she was different from her husband, but I was wrong about that. At their core, a Trump is a Trump is a Trump.”
Two of Ms Trump’s key staff members quit in protest of Donald Trump’s handling of the riots last week.
On Wednesday, the House of Representatives is expected to vote on an article to impeach President Trump.
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