Melania Trump appears to be giving Donald conflicting advice
The Melania Trump mystery continues amid reports that the first lady is privately advising President Donald Trump to concede the election even as she publicly tweets her support for her allegations of electoral fraud.
But after the reports emerged, the first lady tweeted in favor of her husband: “The American people deserve a fair election. Every legal – not illegal – vote must be counted. We must protect our democracy transparently.
Trump has claimed election fraud in the battlefield states that gave Biden the presidency, but he has provided no evidence for his claims.
And senior Trump campaign adviser Jason Miller took issue with CNN’s story, writing on Twitter: “This story is not true.”
The East Wing did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.
Melania Trump reportedly advised her husband to concede the election as she publicly tweeted her support for his claims on the vote count; above the first lady after voting in Florida last week
Melania Trump, with President Trump, at the White House on election night
It’s all part of Melania Trump’s conundrum.
The famous private first lady rarely gives interviews or speaks to the press.
She has largely remained out of public view during the coronavirus pandemic, communicating through her social media channels, where she has encouraged people to wear masks and follow CDC guidelines on the disease.
She advocated wearing a mask but withdrew hers during the first presidential debate – in defiance of the organizers’ rules. She, along with the president and their son Barron, tested positive for COVID soon after.
She released one of the longest statements of her tenure in the White House following the diagnosis – describing how she felt, her treatment regimen of vitamins and healthy foods, and her concern to learn that her son had contracted the virus.
She rarely reveals her private thoughts, which is why it was shocking to hear her in taped conversations by her former friend and staff member, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff.
Melania Trump rarely speaks in public, and when she does, she typically uses prepared remarks and a teleprompter. The recordings allowed listeners to hear the first lady disconnected, at times obviously upset by her life in the administration.
In one, Melania is overheard ‘who gives a damn about Christmas stuff’ complaining while discussing the first lady’s traditional task of decorating the executive mansion for the holidays.
The tapes aired when Wolkoff appeared on CNN on October 1, hours before it was announced that Melania and Donald Trump had tested positive for Covid-19. Wolkoff was promoting his memoir, “Melania & Me,” which portrays the First Lady in an unflattering light. Melania Trump called the book “idle gossip.”
The recorded conversation appears to have taken place shortly after Melania visited an immigrant detention center in McAllen, Texas, in June 2018.
She huffed ‘give me a fucking break’ while complaining about criticism she received for her husband’s policy of dividing families who illegally crossed the border while having to decorate the White House for Christmas . The east wing begins for the holiday season in June.
“They say I’m an accomplice. i am the same [President Trump], I support it, I do not say enough. I’m not doing enough, ”says Melania.
‘Where I am. I put – work like a – my crazy – on Christmas stuff you know, who cares about Christmas stuff and decorating? But I have to do it, right?
“Okay, and then I do. And I say I’m working on Christmas planning for Christmas. And they said, “Oh, what about the children they’ve been separated from?” ”
‘Give me a fucking break. Where were they saying something when Obama did that? she said.
Melania Trump has organized four campaign rallies for her husband, including the one above in Wapwallopen, Pa.
Melania Trump with President Trump in the first presidential debate; the first couple and their son Barron were diagnosed with coronavirus soon after
Melania Trump at a campaign rally with President Trump in Tampa, Florida.
When it came to her husband’s candidacy for a second term, Melania Trump stood out for her absence.
While the president’s adult children were campaign regulars, the first lady held four election rallies for the president’s re-election campaign – all in the last two weeks of the race – and was noticeably absent from her last gathering in Grand Rapids, Michigan, when the president’s other adult children and their partners were there.
Trump’s two oldest sons, Don Jr. and Eric, have advised him to continue the fight and legally challenge the election results.
And President Trump tweeted late that night on Sunday, continuing to press allegations of electoral fraud as he refused to concede the election to Biden.
In a series of tweets sent around midnight Washington time – two of them flagged by Twitter to contain disputed information – the president posted videos of his allies on Fox News alleging election fraud and other irregularities, all calling for all allegations to be fully investigated before the outcome of the election is allowed.
It comes amid reports that Trump is planning a series of rallies where he will show obituaries of deceased people his campaign claims were allowed to vote, while also touting other fraud allegations.
The Trump campaign is also reportedly setting up a “campaign-style media operation” to challenge the outcome, while increasing membership in states where court challenges and recounts are likely to take place.
Some Republicans urge him to accept defeat, including former President George W. Bush who posted a message telling him the election result was “clear” and Chris Christie who said it was time for him to show evidence or “move on”.
Biden is ahead of 43,000 votes in Pennsylvania, 148,000 votes in Michigan, 34,000 votes in Nevada and 13,000 votes in Arizona, with the ballots still being counted. Even if all of Trump’s current challenges are successful, experts believe they are unlikely to exceed those margins. The campaign promised more challenges to come.
A new count has also been called in Wisconsin, where Biden is up 20,000 votes, and is likely in Georgia, where he is currently up 10,000, but they are unlikely to reverse those results.
The Trump campaign has yet to produce evidence to support its claims of widespread fraud.