A rep for Melania Trump is firing back at the women of “The View” after a segment on Friday’s edition of the daytime chatfest about the first lady’s response to the shocking New York Times op-ed written by a mystery member of the Trump administration.
In the segment (above), the hosts discuss Trump’s response to the op-ed, which has sent shockwaves through Washington due to its description of the president as dangerously unhinged while his senior aides thwart his orders in order to save America from his mercurial whims — revealing there was even consideration of invoking the 25th Amendment (reserved for instances in which a president is deemed unfit for office) due to Trump’s precarious mental state.
The president’s wife blasted the anonymous staffer in a statement: “To the writer of the op-ed — you are not protecting this country, you are sabotaging it with your cowardly actions.”
“Unidentified sources have become the majority of the voices people hear about in today’s news. People with no names are writing our nation’s history. Words are important, and accusations can lead to severe consequences,” continued the statement. “If a person is bold enough to accuse people of negative actions, they have a responsibility to publicly stand by their words and people have the right to be able to defend themselves.”
That’s not exactly how Sunny Hostin saw it, and she focused on the part of the statement in which Trump says that “words are important” and “accusations can lead to severe consequences.”
“I recall that Melania was also a birther,” said Hostin, referring to the right-wing movement trying to prove that then-President Barack Obama wasn’t born in America and therefore an illegitimate president. “Weren’t those words very important and accusation very important?”
Joy Behar agreed, pointing out that if words are so important then perhaps FLOTUS never should have worn that infamous jacket imprinted with the phrase, “I really don’t care, do you?” while visiting immigrant children being held in a detention facility.
Stephanie Grisham, the first lady’s director of communications, responded to “The View” in a scathing tweet, answering a tweet linking to a Raw Story article. Grisham slammed the hosts as being “disrespectful & hypocritical while mocking someone’s accent” (although whether anyone on the panel mocked Trump’s accent is debatable).
Meanwhile, HuffPost dug up an old video in which Melania Trump appears on Behar’s former CNN talk show and echoes her husband’s demands to see Obama’s birth certificate. Watch: