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Melania Trump’s behavior of late would probably be described by psychologists as “passive aggressive,” which is defined as indirect resistance to the demands of others. The indirect resistance can take many forms, and here’s an argument that Melania has in fact been trolling Trump. New York Times:

It started when she seemed to sartorially upbraid Trump for his Billy Bush vulgarities by wearing a pussy-bow blouse to the St. Louis debate. Then, in a master stroke, she chose a first-lady project that could only be interpreted as a wicked rip on her husband: fighting vicious cyberbullies. Last spring, Melania’s personal Twitter account favorited a GIF of her own downcast face at the Inaugural Address with an accompanying crack: “Seems the only #Wall @realDonaldTrump’s built is the one between him and @FLOTUS.”

And who can forget the crisp hand swat in Israel or her wish to spend Christmas on “a deserted island”?

Instead, while the kid from Queens was abroad trying to impress the soul-sucking global elites he got elected railing against, pathetically bragging that he had “a crowd like they’ve never had before in Davos,” Melania made a solo visit to the Holocaust Museum here for Holocaust Remembrance Day. This looked like a subtle reproach to Trump for his unspeakable defense of the “very fine people” among the neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Va., and an allusion to the president’s statement last year on remembrance day, which somehow neglected to remember Jews or anti-Semitism. What a Stephen Miller special that was. 

Afterward, the always elusive first lady became even more elusive, slipping out of Washington, much to the surprise of the press. Suddenly, as Stormy Daniels began her media tour on “Inside Edition” and booked an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel,” Melania was making a stealthy landing in Florida on an Air Force plane.

Stormy Daniels is going to appear on Jimmy Kimmel’s show Tuesday night, after Trump makes his State of the Union address. It will be interesting to see what the Slovenian Sphinx has up her sleeve, if anything. Kimmel tweeted that he had “MANY QUESTIONS!” so make of that what you will. 

One thing is certain, whatever Melania’s spokeswoman’s protestations to the contrary of how Melania is delighted to be First Lady and focused on her role, actions speak louder than words, and Melania’s silence speaks volumes. 

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