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Melania Trump is ostensibly making the best of a bad bargain. She never wanted to be First Lady. Vanity Fair:

Melania Trump is an unusual First Lady. She is only the second FLOTUS in history not to have been born in the U.S. (The first was Louisa Adams, John Quincy’s wife, who was born in England.) She is the only one to have been raised in a Communist country. She is the only First Lady to delay moving with her husband to the White House, in her case, until five months after the inauguration. She is the only one to be the third wife of a president, and the only one to have ever posed nude for published photographs. She is fiercely protective of her son, but, unlike other First Ladies, the mystery around her day-to-day movements gives rise to rumors that she spends less time than is typical in the White House. […]

There may never have been a First Lady less prepared for or suited to the role. “This isn’t something she wanted and it isn’t something he ever thought he’d win,” one longtime friend of the Trumps’ told me.“She didn’t want this come hell or high water. I don’t think she thought it was going to happen.”

She has not always been a political asset. Melania burst into the political news in 2016 when an anti-Trump super-PAC featured a photo of her from the January 2000 British GQ, lounging naked on fur aboard Trump’s private plane wearing only handcuffs and diamonds. Later in the campaign, the New York Post published nude photos of Melania, from her modeling years, on the newspaper’s cover, with the headline THE OGLE OFFICE. (Jason Miller, the senior communications adviser for the campaign, called the photos “a celebration of the human body as art.”)

The man who introduced Donald and Melania, Paolo Zampolli paints an almost saintly portrait of Melania as Worker.

 “She arrived and she came to model,” he told me. “She didn’t come to party. Some girls come and are attracted to New York City and they are trapped in the New York nightlife.” Not Melania. “She came for a reason, to model and to work.She was not going out.” Zampolli knows this because, back in the day, Melania was friends with his girlfriend, who was from Hungary. “They were going to the gym a lot and to swim and to the movies. They were doing what girls do.”

Zampolli batted aside any intimations that Melania is not happy,reasoning that “to be the most famous person in the world is not that bad.” He went on: “I don’t think you can come up with a conspiracy theory that she is not that happy. She is the First Lady of the United States. Come on!”

And here’s one speech that she clearly did not plagiarize from Michelle Obama.

In a rare campaign speech for her husband, in April 2016, Melania Trump took to a stage in Wisconsin. “It is wonderful to be here today with you and with my husband,” she began. “I’m very proud of him. He’s[sic] hard worker. He’s kind. He has a great heart. He’s tough. He’s smart. He’s a great communicator. He’s a great negotiator. He’s telling the truth. He’s a great leader. He’s fair.” According to Donald, Melania wrote that speech herself. She seems to have since elected to use a speech writer for those occasions when she makes public comments of any kind, in person or in writing.

Ten claims, ten lies. She probably should leave speech writing to the professionals and stick to the photo ops.

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