For critics of President Donald Trump, it’s comforting to believe in the “Free, Melania” narrative, which holds that first lady Melania Trump also despises him and will soon humiliate him by filing for divorce, now that he has lost the election.
WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 27: U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump is introduced by his daughter and White House senior adviser, Ivanka Trump, as he prepares to deliver his acceptance speech for the Republican presidential nomination on the South Lawn of the White House August 27, 2020 in Washington, DC. Trump gave the speech in front of 1500 invited guests. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
But some of Trump’s most ardent critics have told the Washington Post that the 24-years-younger Melania isn’t likely to leave her husband, even after all he’s put her through with his alleged affair with Stormy Daniels and despite reports that she was never eager to become first lady.
The Slovenian-born former model, 50, might stay with Trump out of love, or she might stay because of what biographers say is the “transactional” nature of their relationship. She might also stay because they have a lot more in common than is widely believed, critics say.
“I don’t think Melania leaves Donald. She’s very willingly complicit in his schemes and holds his beliefs as her own,” Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal attorney, told the Washington Post.
“Those two deserve each other,” added Cohen, who is under home confinement while finishing out a felony federal sentence for tax fraud and campaign finance violations related to the hush-money payment to Daniels before the 2016 election.
Donald and Melania Trump are “remarkably in sync,” despite their supposed personality differences, added Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, the first lady’s former friend and White House aide who wrote a book that was highly critical of the first lady.
“It’s part of the show,” Winston Wolkoff told the Post. “She’s always been the quiet. He’s been the loud. She’s been the soft. He’s been the hard. They play off one another. It’s part of the relationship that makes it work.”
Since Trump lost the Nov. 3 election to former Vice President Joe Biden, jokes and memes have proliferated on social media about how Melania Trump will soon seek a divorce. Jimmy Kimmel presented a spoof of “The Bachelorette,” starring Melania Trump stepping out of a limo to meet a room full of new romantic suitors.
Omarosa Manigault Newman, an ousted White House aide who appeared on Trump’s reality TV show “The Apprentice,” said Melania is “counting every minute” and waiting until Biden’s inauguration before making the split formal, The Sun reported. In an interview with Town and Country, divorce attorney Jacqueline Newman said Melania could likely receive a “fairly generous” $50 million divorce settlement.
But the comments by Cohen and Winston Wolkoff and other reporting by the Washington Post raise doubts about such speculation. Two people who spoke to the Washington Post on the condition of anonymity said the first lady has shown no signs …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment