In a rare interview Wednesday night Melania Trump proved that she doesn't understand what it means to be first lady. She told Fox News's Sean Han
In a rare interview Wednesday night Melania Trump proved that she doesn’t understand what it means to be first lady.
She told Fox News’s Sean Hannity that “opportunists who are using my name” are the hardest part of being first lady, again making the job about herself and her family instead of taking the opportunity to talk about the challenges she sees other people facing.
She reserved her harshest words for the media, her husband’s favorite punching bag. The biggest challenge she faces as first lady, she said, is from “comedians to journalists to performers, book writers.
“Really? Is her family’s legacy the thing that worries her most? After all the pain she has witnessed as first lady, from meeting with a survivor of the Parkland, Florida, high school shooting to visiting with children separated from their parents at the border, has the media really been the most difficult part of her job?
If so, that is a big problem.When Hannity asked if the criticism “hurt” her, she said, “It doesn’t hurt. The problem is they’re writing history and it’s not correct.
“The entire moment was a lost opportunity to put attention on the families of struggling Americans she’s met in her role as first lady, especially since she spent time the very next day reading to children at Children’s National Hospital, some sitting in wheelchairs with IVs attached.
And the Hannity interview took place on USS George H.W. Bush, a trip the first lady made to support members of the military and their families.
Wouldn’t it have been heartening to hear her use that moment during the interview to talk about the women and babies she’s met struggling with opioid addiction, or the children who she has met as part of her “Be Best” campaign who have been bullied at school, or the people whose homes were destroyed in the California fires?
Unfortunately, there are no shortages of tragedies and shortcomings to cite. Anything but another pity party would have been nice — and could have been expected from any other first lady in recent memory, all of whom, regardless of party, understood the incredible opportunities that accompany the sometimes-frustrating position.