They say that you should never underestimate the power of an intelligent, beautiful woman. Apparently, no one knows that better than Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and his campaign team led by another intelligent, attractive woman Kellyanne Conway. I am guessing that it was Kellyanne’s idea to send Melania Trump out on the talk show circuit in an effort to help defuse the fallout from the surfacing of a 2005 audio tape where her spouse was overheard making lewd comments about women and the subsequent women who came forward alleging that Trump had sexually assaulted them.
While many of the sexual assault allegations have since been discredited, and Trump has apologized profusely for the audiotape which was recorded while he was a private citizen and a reality television star, most polls peg Trump’s support among women at only about 36%, which is down four points from last month and significantly lower than that of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton at 51%. Obviously, he still has work to do to win over more of the women’s vote and this public relations nightmare certainly did not help. Of course, neither did the media bias which allocated seven times more coverage to Trump’s “sex assault allegations” than it did to Hillary Clinton’s WikiLeaks scandals associated with her unsecured email server and pay-per-play allegations between the State Department and the Clinton Foundation.
Melania, who with the exception of the Republican National Convention, has largely remained off the campaign trail and out of the limelight, went into the lion’s den to face the media head on. She sat down for one-on-one interviews with Anderson Cooper and Fox and Friends’s Ainsley Earhardt which respectively aired on October 17 and 18. Melania clearly did an excellent job with these interviews.
First of all, she was extremely direct. She told Anderson Cooper that Billy Bush “egged Donald Trump into boy talk” during the 2005 hot mic conversation on the way to the set of Days of Our Lives. While some of the post interview analysis has poked fun at the idea that Trump could be “egged” into a conversation, the reality is that some of these hosts try to goad their guests into saying something controversial.
Melania said in both interviews that any accusation of assault “should be taken care of in a court of law,” not tried in the media. Melania also described Trump as “real and raw” and acknowledged that his running for president would present a challenge for him in that he had said many things in the past in the context of being an entertainer which could be perceived as controversial.
Melania came across as a confident woman who does not buckle under pressure or media scrutiny. When asked by Ainsley Earhardt if it was fair game for the media to focus on former president Bill Clinton’s past “sexual assault” allegations, she said of course and immediately mentioned that she was dismissed by the media for her past modeling career and referenced situations where old photos were used to try to diminish her as a potential future first lady. She also reiterated that she had been the victim of several false libelous allegations including that she once worked as an escort and that she did not enter the United States legally from Slovenia.
The best part of the interview was when Melania said “I’m very strong…. Don’t feel sorry for me. I can handle everything.”
Melania Trump certainly sounds like first lady material to me.
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