Did you know that Donald and Melania Trump celebrated their 13th wedding anniversary on Monday? Yeah, pretty much nobody else did either. Because if they celebrated it, they certainly didn’t do it in public, which is highly non-Trumpian behavior. No tweets (??????) from Donald to mark the occasion and total silence from FLOTUS.
Now we learn from CNN that the First Lady will no longer be accompanying her husband to the international meeting in Davos, Switzerland as had been previously planned. Her office cites “scheduling and logistic issues” as the reason and “declined to provide further details.
In fact, as CNN reports, Melania Trump has not made a public appearance since January 12th. She accompanied the president to their Mar-A-Lago resort that day but did not attend either of the two evening dinners held there over the holiday weekend.
Do you know what else happened on January 12th? If you’ve been paying attention, that is when the Wall Street Journal broke the news of the $130,000 payout made to porn star Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about the affair she says she had with Trump four months after the birth of his son with Melania Trump.
Coincidence? I think not.
Being married to Donald Trump has to be a challenge under the best of circumstances. Throw in finding yourself suddenly the First Lady of the country and constantly under public scrutiny doesn’t make it any easier. But while Trump, his supporters, and even evangelical leaders seem to brush off the Stormy Daniels contremps dismissively, it may be the final straw for Melania.
Trump’s attitude toward women is well-known and totally documented. He came under recent, and justified, criticism for the following picture:
Yes, Trump kept the umbrella to cover himself while leaving his wife and son in the rain. Someone once said the following about Henry VIII
“While every inch a king, he never attained the stature of a common gentleman.”
Whatever you may accuse Trump of, being a gentleman is not going to be one of them. Whatever you may think about Melania Trump, she does not deserve this kind of treatment.
Interestingly, the same people who criticized Hillary Clinton for staying with Bill after the Monica Lewinsky scandal have been completely silent about Melania remaining in her marriage. But Hillary had political ambitions and Melania does not.
If her recent actions are any indication, the Donald is most definitely in the proverbial doghouse. One wonders how much more public humiliation she is willing to endure for a man who does not respect her or their marriage.
No president has been divorced while in the White House. But then, Donald Trump is totally unlike any president we have ever had before.