Twitter critics were slack-jawed Thursday after a secretly taped conversation with Melania Trump appeared to show the first lady being disdainful of media questions about migrant children separated from their families — and about White House Christmas decor.
The conversation from July 2018, which was aired Thursday on CNN, had reportedly occurred between her and former friend and aide Stephanie Winston Wolkoff. At one point, the first lady, who had recently visited a Texas shelter at the border, appeared irritated that she had been asked about children separated from their parents when she wanted to talk about how she was “working on Christmas planning.”
“They said, ‘Oh, what about the children that were separated?’ Give me a fucking break,” she said.
One critic on Twitter shot back: “You know who didn’t get a f**king break? The children.”
Melania Trump also is heard saying on the tape that many migrant children with families seeking asylum are “teached by other people what to say” to stay in the U.S.
The first lady is an immigrant from Slovenia.
She also griped about the pressure she had been under to come up with the White House displays for Christmas, the holiday her husband claims pagan leftists are killing: “Who gives a f**k about Christmas stuff and decoration?”
Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), who is Catholic, tweeted that he “resents” Trump and his family for mocking Christians and looking “down on our faith. We believe Christmas is the day Christ was born, and we are not ‘hustlers,’ as Trump has called us.”
Dave Cavell, who had been a speechwriter for former President Barack Obama, tweeted about how much the Obama family truly loved Christmas in the “People’s House.”
The American Bridge PAC tweeted: “This is not who we are. We cannot reelect Donald Trump.
A number of supporters of the first lady, however, professed they had never been prouder of her or admired her more.