On January 6, 2021, as MAGA enthusiasts rioted in and around the US Capitol, Melania Trump was asked if she would like to tweet a statement encouraging peace and the former First Lady replied with a one-word reply.
According to ex-assistant Stephanie Grisham, she personally texted Melania on Jan. 6 asking, “Do you want to tweet that peaceful protests are the right of every American, but there is no place for lawlessness and violence?”
Melania’s answer was a simple ‘No’.
Grisham, who at the time of this conversation was Melania’s chief of staff and a former White House press secretary and communications director, resigned later that day without mentioning what had happened. Tweeting a farewell message, Grisham said: “It was an honor to serve the country in the White House. I am very proud to be part of Melania Trump’s mission to help children around the world, and proud of the many achievements of this government.”
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While it’s not clear why Grisham has waited until now to share her text exchange with Melania as of Jan. 6, Huffington Post emphasizes that it “supports an anecdote” from Grisham’s all-encompassing book, “I’ll Take Your Questions Now: What I Saw at the Trump White House,” which was released on October 5, 2021.
“Would you like an entry prize? Do you think this releases you from your complicity in what happened 4 years in that WH? You sat while Rome was on fire and did nothing,” a commentator responded to Grisham’s part in the text exchange on Twitter yesterday. “You should all be in jail.”
“No. I don’t believe in entry fees. I’m not trying to be exempt from anything, what I’m doing is trying not to let history repeat itself,” Grisham responded†
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