“The short answer is no. While there are post-presidential perks for such things for the outgoing commander in chief, budgets to set up an official office and staff and cover some travel costs, there is nothing from the government for any first lady, save a paltry $20,000-a-year pension, which is paid out only if her husband dies.”
All of this led to some interesting commentary on Twitter:
As the old saying reminds us, A grifter is always gonna grift.
Perhaps you heard about how deeply upset some right-wingers were with a performance by Cardi B at this week’s Grammy Awards when she performed the song “WAP” in a manner that some found objectionable, even though it was well within the parameters of what’s allowed on television in 2021.
However, rather than turn the channel and mind their own business, people such as Candace Owens took to social media and began whining as if someone had just plunged hot daggers into their eyes and then danced in celebration. Owens posted this:
And that, according toThe Independent, is where things got really interesting:
“Naked photos of Melania Trump published on Twitter by Cardi B during a clash over her Grammys performance don’t violate the company’s terms of service, according to a company spokesperson.
“The rapper posted a full-frontal nude photo of the former first lady as her clash with conservative commentator Candace Owens spilt over from Fox News onto Twitter.
“A spokesperson for Twitter told The Independent that while the company has a non-consensual nudity policy that would see an account immediately suspended, images previously published with the person’s consent would not be against those rules.”
In response, Cardi B wrote this:
Here’s a sample of the photos Cardi B posted:
Melania Trump once worked as a nude model. That’s just a fact. And yet you don’t hear conservatives raising holy hell about that, do you? But when a grown woman (who also happens to be African-American) dares to dance or perform in a suggestive way, suddenly a different standard applies.
It’s hard to know which to be more upset about, the hypocrisy or the blatant racism. Conservatives specialize in both.
Recently, the Department of Justice withdrew a lawsuit it had filed during the Trump administration which alleged that a former top aide to Melania Trump had violated a White House nondisclosure agreement when she published a tell-all book about the former first lady.
“A Justice Department official did not elaborate, saying, ‘The Department evaluated the case and concluded that dismissal without prejudice was in the best interests of the United States based on the facts and the law.'”
The longtime friendship between Wolkoff and Melania soured when the Trump administration tried to suggest that Wolkoff had received $26 million for helping plan the inauguration. The Trump inaugural committee raised hundreds of millions of dollars but has so far been unable to account for how all of the funds were spent, which is required under federal law.
After the DOJ made their announcement, Wolkoff went on Twitter and made the Trumps aware that she has plenty of potential dirt on them and she’s about to start using it:
Sounds like Wolkoff is about to get some payback against Melania and others in the Trump family. Good for her!
When her husband became president, she announced that her focus as first lady would be cyberbullying, which is certainly a noble cause that needs to be addressed. And yet she’s never once mentioned the fact that the guy she’s married to is one of the biggest bullies on social media.
There was also the infamous jacket Melania wore when she went to visit a detention center for immigrant children. It read: “I really don’t care, do u?”
All of this has led Americans to decide they’ve had quite enough of the current first lady, and they’re making their views known in a new poll conducted by CNN:
“Melania Trump will be exiting the White House with the lowest favorability rating of her tenure as first lady, according to a new CNN poll.
“At 47%, more people have an unfavorable view of the first lady now than at any point since CNN first asked about views of her in February 2016. The poll, conducted by SSRS for CNN, puts Trump’s favorable rating at 42%, with 12% of those asked answering they are unsure of their feelings about the first lady.
“Trump’s highest favorable rating was in May 2018 at 57% according to a CNN poll taken at the time, which came on the heels of the first state dinner and Trump’s attendance at the Texas funeral of the late first lady Barbara Bush. Trump went to the funeral without President Donald Trump.”
How, you’re probably wondering, does Melania’s pathetic favorable rating compare to her predecessor, Michelle Obama?
“In comparison, former First Lady Michelle Obama had a 69% favorability rating when she departed the White House in 2017.”
Yep, Michelle’s numbers were 27 percent higher than Melania’s. And that’s as it should be, especially since Mrs. Obama never plagiarized Melania when writing a speech.
It may sound harsh, but it needs to be said: Melania Trump is despised by a large percentage of the American public. And considering who she’s married to, that should surprise no one. Not even her.
Over the two-plus months since the it became clear that Donald Trump had indeed lost the 2020 presidential election in a humiliating landslide, we’ve heard almost nothing from First Lady Melania Trump, who has remained out of the public eye and made no statements regarding her thoughts on her husband being a failed, one-term president.
That should surprise no one, according to Melania’s former best friend, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, who notes in an op-ed she wrote for The Daily Beast that the first lady is just as guilty as her husband when it comes to the endless trail of death and destruction he’s inflicted on the country:
“I wish I could say I was shocked by President Trump’s actions, but sadly I can not, or say I don’t comprehend Melania’s silence and inactions, but pathetically, they are both expected. Melania knows how to ‘Be Best’ at standing up and reading from a teleprompter and not from the heart. She and her husband lack character, and have no moral compass. Although my intentions to support the first lady in the rollout of her initiatives were always pure, I’m disheartened and ashamed to have worked with Melania.”
Wolkoff also makes it clear that while some may try to suggest that Melania is just another of the Donald’s victims, she’s actually just as bad as him, and that means she has blood on her hands, too:
“Many still believe that Melania is powerless, but don’t be fooled; she is an abuser too, of the worst kind. The kind that speaks kindly to children. The sickness is under the skin. Melania knows and supports Donald and his viewpoints. If you hit him, he’ll hit you back harder. He’s the brass knuckles, aggressive guy, and she elects to grin and bear it. She turns a blind eye. The truth is she’s actually encouraging him to go for it. Be aggressive. She’s his biggest cheerleader. Well, he should pay a price. No one is above the law.”
In just 3 more days, the Trumps will no longer inhabit the White House, and tens of millions of us will celebrate that fact. But we should never forget that the Trumps have brought horrific suffering and misery on more people than can be counted. All of them — every last one — should be indicted, tried, and placed in prison for the remainder of their pathetic lives.