My heart goes out to Melania Trump. Admittedly, my heart goes out a lot of places I’d rather it didn’t, often in the middle of the night in naughty clothes. This time, though, I mean it. Married to the world’s most powerful sociopath, mocked and humiliated by left and right alike, a salon-styled lightning rod for all of America’s weird feelings about women, foreigners and politicians, you’ve got to wonder who Melania, born Melanija Knavs in rural Slovenia, can really trust.
Certainly not the liberal press. In a rare instance of actually saying words in public, the future first lady made a speech in a Maryland courthouse where she is pursuing a libel suit against a local blogger and a British tabloid newspaper. In the heavy accent that many believe kept her off a campaign trail ringing with dogwhistle xenophobia, Melania restated in the vaguest terms her stand against cyber-bullying, launched days before the election, when she lamented, apparently with no irony, that “Our culture has gotten too mean and too rough.”