Melania Trump was ‘extremely detached’ following the Jan. 6 insurrection

President Donald Trump and First lady Melania Trump participate in the 2020 Salute to America

We will soon be three months into the Biden administration, which means we’ve had close to three months away from the Trump family. It definitely feels like there are a lot of politicians and a lot of political reporters who have had to de-program themselves and completely readjust their entire personalities post-Trump. I would prefer to just treat the whole fascist family as a distant memory, but I guess people still want to talk about them. Which is why I clicked on this story about Melania Trump over at People Mag. There was a theory that Melania would file for divorce the second her husband left office in disgrace. That hasn’t happened. Instead, Melania has just disappeared into the cocoon of Mar-a-Lago and she’s made zero moves to change her marriage status. People Mag spoke to Melania’s biographers and associates about what she’s up to and how to understand Mel’s time in the White House and beyond. Some highlights:

Life in Florida: Now returned to the insularity of her husband’s private Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida — where the family made their permanent residence, rather than New York City, after leaving the White House — Mrs. Trump, 50, has been enjoying spa treatments and focusing on her son, Barron, as well as spending time with her parents, sources say. As one Palm Beach insider recently put it to PEOPLE: “It is safe to say she plays the game for personal gain. Around here, that is not a bad thing.”

She wanted to be famous: “I think a lot of people thought she just wanted to be rich,” says Mary Jordan, author of The Art of Her Deal and a Washington Post correspondent. “And she wanted not just to be rich — I heard that several times from key people: ‘You don’t understand, she wanted to be known.'”

Not part of the former First Ladies club: In the White House and since, Mrs. Trump has not readily embraced — or been welcomed — into the loose club of former first couples. For example, she notably did not appear alongside Laura Bush and Michelle Obama in a TV special in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. A source said then that she hadn’t been invited.

What happened after the ‘grab em by the p–sy’ tape: The Trump team hoped Mrs. Trump, 50, would also show her support by going on air. But she wasn’t having it, Jordan writes: “When Melania eventually joined the strategy session, she had a one-word reply: ‘No.’ She said she would decide on her own what to do. And right now she was not going on television with her husband.” She had other things on her mind, according to Jordan’s sources. “They told me over and over again,” the author remembers, “‘There was more in it for her to stay than to go.’ ” In Jordan’s book, she reports how Mrs. Trump renegotiated her prenup agreement with her husband after his election victory, with her delayed move to D.C. as part of her leverage.

Melania’s five-day silence following the insurrection: By the end of the administration, however, Mrs. Trump became “extremely detached,” Bennett says. She was “very, very quiet, unaffected, sort of more aloof and more aligned with the president and the narrative,” Bennett continues. It culminated with the Jan. 6 Capitol riots. Mrs. Trump didn’t publicly respond until five days later even as aides fled, including her longtime spokeswoman. Bennett says her response to the insurrection was a turning point. “For a first lady, who for the past four years really didn’t have a problem speaking out if her opinion was different from that of her husband, who was very vocal saying, ‘I don’t always agree with him, and I tell him so,’ ” says Bennett. “[For her to] chose those moments in American history and America’s democracy to remain completely silent — I think that that will change the course of her legacy, to be quite honest. History will remember her silence.”

[From People]

This People article is actually really long and since most of the quotes were from her biographers, it was more sympathetic towards Mel than I was expecting. At this point, I don’t think Mel is an enigma either. I think she’s just a vain, self-absorbed, lazy trophy wife who isn’t really interested in anyone other than her family. It’s that simple. They make the argument that Melania will probably be interested in her husband trying to make some kind of “comeback,” but I doubt she actually wants that. She would rather be in Mar-a-Lago, getting spa treatments and avoiding her husband. The fact that her husband doesn’t have a Twitter account anymore must be a vacation for her as well (Mel still has her Twitter though, she must guard the password like a hawk).

Trumps Depart to Spend the Christmas Holiday in Florida

Trump returns White House Cutting Short His Vacation

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  1. LightPurple says:

    “For a first lady, who for the past four years really didn’t have a problem speaking out if her opinion was different from that of her husband, who was very vocal saying, ‘I don’t always agree with him, and I tell him so,’

    That NEVER happened.

    • Lawcatb says:

      Totally revisionist history.

    • Traveler says:

      “[For her to] chose those moments in American history and America’s democracy to remain completely silent — I think that that will change the course of her legacy, to be quite honest. History will remember her silence.”

      The course of what legacy!? She was useless, detached, and uncaring (who she has always been). More than that she was actually vile…………….we all remember “I really don’t care, do you?”

    • Susan says:

      Yeah, my immediate response to that was WHAT? when did she ever speak out? Someone is trying to change their legacy. too late.

    • Emily_C says:

      Seriously, that’s Daily Fail levels of historical revision.

    • khaveman says:

      “I don’t really care, do you?”

  2. damejudi says:

    I’m more interested in/worried about Fauxlania.

    Is she okay?

  3. Mac says:

    If Melania will be remembered at all, it will be as a minor footnote to the worst presidency in the history of the US.

  4. Nyro says:

    I almost forgot that this glorified mail order bride existed. History won’t remember her.

    • KNy says:

      Hasn’t it been wonderful to not read article after article about this garbage couple? Or see tons of news segments dedicated to his ridiculous tweeting? It’s insane how taking Twitter away from that a-hole has done wonders.

  5. Myra says:

    To change the course of her legacy? She wore a jacket which said “I really don’t care, do you?” to visit separated migrant children at a detention centre. I don’t think her silence after January 6 was the worse part of her legacy.

  6. Dee says:

    “Extremely detached” is exactly who she was during her entire time as First Lady, correct? From not moving to the White House for six months to allowing a stand-in for appearances, how was she anything but detached?

    • Annaloo. says:

      EXACTLY THIS , and more!

      “I don’t really care do you’ and F*cking KREEEEEEZMAS. Everyon eon this post board is correct about the revisionist history.

      Be best, Melania!

  7. Susan says:

    I don’t really buy the part about her wanting to be famous. She had a great opportunity/platform to be “famous,” and have a real impact on something that mattered that didn’t have to be particularly political (MObama and military families and nutrition comes to mind). I feel like sometimes if one is a great FL, their husband’s legacy doesn’t stick with them as much. If she had done a good job, or even, A JOB while FL, who knows, history might have been kinder to her. Not now.

  8. Emily_C says:

    If she’d just wanted to marry some rich dude, she could have, easily. She didn’t. She chose Trump. Because she is like him, though without the need for the spotlight. She’s selfish, narcissistic, entirely self-absorbed, and acts deeply wounded when anyone expects anything of her.

    Also, I’m pretty sure I read about this in the Washington Post or New York Times or something right after the insurrection. Without the sugar coating. People is late.

  9. The Recluse says:

    She is easily the worst FLOTUS in recently recorded history. One of the first reports that came out after they went into exile in Florida was that she spent the bulk of her time in the spa….doing nothing except engaging in self indulgence. I can’t get over how broadly and brightly she was smiling the day they left DC at last. She was happy to get going. Yep, she is all about money and leisure and getting the best kind of attention without having to actually work hard to earn it with sincerely good deeds.
    And I still want to know what ‘renovation’ she did out at Camp David that even Drumpf wasn’t happy about. We saw what she did to the Rose Garden…

  10. khaveman says:

    I’m sorry, her gaze is just cruel-looking.