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Complicit Melania Trump? She ‘knew’ about Trump’s reported affairs, attitudes toward women, columnist argues

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In January, the New York Times reported that Melania Trump was “furious” and “blindsided” by news about her husband’s alleged affair with porn star Stormy Daniels.
Vice President Mike Pence, first lady Melania Trump and President Donald Trump attend a service for the late evangelist Billy Graham at the U.S. Capitol on February 28. (Photo by Shawn Thew-Pool/Getty Images) 
She was reportedly so upset that she abruptly canceled her trip with President Donald Trump to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Instead, she rushed to get some spa therapy at her husband’s Mar-a-Lago private resort in Palm Beach, Florida — a trip that reportedly cost U.S. taxpayers $64,000 in air travel, the New York Times said.
But was the First Lady upset to discover that her 71-year-old husband might have cheated on her in 2006, when they had been married a little over a year and she was the new mother of their four-month-old son Barron?
Or was she just humiliated that other people found out that she had allegedly been cheated on?
In a column published Monday , New York Times op-ed writer Charles M. Blow argued that Melania Trump must have known all along that her husband has possibly had affairs and engaged in the “horrible behaviors of a womanizing misogynist.”
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump hold hands as they walk off Air Force One on March 2. (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images) 
Blow agreed that, in many ways, the president’s alleged infidelity with Daniels is “an issue between spouses or the other person involved.” For the sake of his column, he wrote that he’s also not focused on any possible federal election laws violated by Trump or by his private attorney Michael Cohen over their alleged “hush” payout to Daniels just before the 2016 election.
“What matters most to me about this sordid tale is the way it fits into a pattern of behavior and a Trump worldview about women: that they are mere objects and opportunities, a reward owed to men of wealth, and that objections and protestations are invalid,” he wrote.
Blow said that these are important matters to consider as America faces the national #Me Too and Time’s Up-inspired reckoning over sexual harassment and assault in Hollywood, politics and other industries. Blow argued that Melania Trump seems to have accepted her husband’s worldview from the beginning of their relationship, saying she “knew the kind of man she was getting.”
According to accounts of their relationship, the Slovenian-born former model met Trump at a partywhen he was on a date with another woman and getting a divorce from his second wife Marla Maples. The then-Melania Knavs became engaged to him in 2004, married him in 2005 and gave birth to Barron in March 2006.
During those years and since, Trump has famously said disparaging and lewd things about women, including about his daughter Ivanka Trump, when he agreed with Howard Stern in 2004 that she’s “a nice piece of ass.”
Nine months after the couple’s lavish January 2005 wedding at Mar-a-Lago, as Blow pointed out, Trump was recorded by “Access Hollywood,” saying he likes to sleep with married women. Trump also boasted about grabbing women by the crotches and claimed he could get away with it because he’s a celebrity.
One of the at least 16 women who have accused Trump of sexual harassment or assault is Natasha Stoynoff, a writer for People magazine. She wrote  in the magazine  that Trump grabbed her when she visited Mar-a-Lago for an interview with Donald and Melania Trump around the time of their  first anniversary. After a very pregnant Melania Trump left the room, Stoynoff wrote that Trump pushed her up against a wall and forced his tongue down her throat.

Other women, including contestants in the Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants and “Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervos, have claimed to have had similar experiences after Trump married Melania, Vanity Fair reported. 
After the “Access Hollywood” recording was released in the weeks before the 2016 election, Melania Trump came to her husband’s defense, telling CNN’s Anderson Cooper that her husband was the victim of lies made up by women, including by Stoynoff.
“I believe my husband. I believe my husband,” she told Cooper. “This was all organized from the opposition. And with the details … did they ever check the background of these women? They don’t have any facts.”
The future First Lady also argued that “Access Hollywood” host Billy Bush “egged’ her husband on into “boy talk.”
Since Melania Trump became First Lady, a popular #FreeMelania Twitter narrative as sprung up about her relationship with Trump. According to this sympathetic view, Melania is miserably trapped in her marriage. In his controversial book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” author Michael Wolff alleged that Melania Trump was left in tears the night her husband won the presidency because she hadn’t expected him to win and hoped to return to her quiet, private life as a Manhattan socialite.
Trump joked at a campaign rally in Pennsylvania Saturday that his wife’s life is “not so easy” before asserting that she’s “a great First Lady,” People reported. The president also announced he was putting her on a “blue ribbon committee” to help deal with America’s opioid crisis.
Blow’s column suggested that the First Lady goes along with her husband for reasons that are difficult to fathom. In this way, Blow seems to suggest that that Melania Trump is complicit in Trump’s behaviors with women.
“Saturday Night Live” and others have used similar arguments about Ivanka Trump, saying that, as a senior White House advisor, she is “complicit” by failing to speak out against Trump’s comments or presidential actions that are considered harmful to women’s rights.
As for Melania Trump, Blow wrote that she has remained. “That’s their marriage,” he wrote. “They clearly have some sort of understanding, some emotional elasticity — or financial dependency — that is beyond my comprehension.”

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