On Thursday evening, Melania Trump accompanied the President to Lake Tennessee for his last major election campaign event. The final debate with opponent Joe Biden heralds the hot phase of the elections. That the first lady shows herself at her husband’s side one more time means something. Because: In the past few months, she has withdrawn from the public. It was her first campaign appearance in over a year.
Most recently, Melania canceled an appearance with Donald Trump on Tuesday, officially because of “persistent cough”. Maybe that’s the truth. Melania is still sick after her corona infection. However, former White House staff have a different explanation for their absence. “She does what she wants, when she wants it,” a former White House employee told CNN.
Melania doesn’t feel comfortable in public
Another White House source told CNN that Melania had never felt comfortable in public, and that she didn’t enjoy campaigning trips. Instead, she prefers to stay at home and spend time with her son Barron. Surf tip: All news about the US election can be found in the news ticker from FOCUS Online
Their behavior is in stark contrast to that of many previous women campaigners. They had publicly supported their husbands in recent years. In particular, they have often ensnared the female constituencies.
“Nobody will make you change your mind”
Campaign staff are frustrated that Melania is barely willing to participate in fundraisers or events. The first lady is wanted and needed for the campaign. “It’s just that she doesn’t do it,” a confidante told CNN.
The constant absence of his wife doesn’t seem particularly worrying for President Trump. “He knows her well enough,” a source told the television station. “He knows if she doesn’t want something – then neither he nor anyone else will make her change her mind.”
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Melania said of her work: “Don’t give a shit”
For the past four years, Melania Trump has made mandatory dates and smiles for the cameras. Whether she is satisfied with her role as First Lady is something that recently broadcast recordings from the year “CNN” in 2018 cast doubt.
She works her “ass off” for the Christmas decorations in the White House, but then because of Donald Trump’s migration policy she doesn’t give a shit, says the first lady in a phone call that her friend Stephanie Winston Wolkoff recorded – the friendship ended later the fractions, Wolkoff has written a book about them.
Melania withdrew from the public eye in Trump’s first election campaign
Melania had already held back from public appearances during Donald Trump’s first election campaign in 2016. Four years ago her priority was raising her then 10-year-old son. “When asked if she would appear, we heard a ‘no’ so often – at some point we stopped asking,” said one of the leaders of the Trump campaign in 2016 to “CNN”.
The election campaign in 2020 does not appear to be any different – although her appearance would be urgently desired. “Anyone would take it, anytime,” says a source familiar with the campaign strategy. “She’s a rock star.”
Melania wears a mask – Donald Trump doesn’t
Because even if the First Lady Trump mostly acts in the background, she has set accents that can be interpreted as counterpoints to Donald Trump’s style and politics. Her heart project is the “Be Best” initiative, which she founded and which takes care of the well-being of children.
She is also committed to combating cyberbullying and bullying on social media. It is also known that in the summer of 2018, Melania Trump took the front line against her husband’s zero-tolerance policy on illegal immigration, which led to the separation of children from their parents on the border with Mexico. While the president is accused of a lack of empathy in the corona crisis, the first lady expressed her condolences to the victims of the pandemic at her appearance in the rose garden. While her husband was rarely seen with a mask during the entire pandemic, Melania also wore one at the campaign event on Thursday evening.
“Might be able to motivate Trump voters”
It remains to be seen whether and if Melania Trump will show herself to the public again before the US elections. On Wednesday, spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham told “CNN” that the first lady had more campaign dates in her calendar for the next week. “She wants to travel with the president next week and attend appointments alone.” Whether that will help Trump in his election campaign remains to be seen – because many Americans have already voted.
Kate Andersen Brower, author of First Women: The Grace and Power of America’s Modern First Ladies, doesn’t think it’s too late. She told CNN: “She might be able to motivate Trump voters who are not as in love with him now as they used to be.”
Trump is behind Biden in polls
President Trump, who, in his own words, is “cured”, has fully re-entered the election campaign after his Sars-CoV-2 infection and has been holding campaign events for more than a week. Two weeks before the November 3rd election, the 74-year-old Republican is behind his Democratic challenger Joe Biden in polls – including in the very important key state of Pennsylvania.