The First Lady of the United States garners a lot of attention from the media and the public. In the modern era of social media and smart phones, the last few FLOTUS saw analysis of every public appearance and outfit they wore skyrocket.
As a former model, the current FLOTUS Melania Trump knows her way around a photo-op, but likely never faced the level of public scrutiny into her private life she experiences now. While she did marry a man who constantly courts publicity for his primary source of income—trading on the Trump brand— did she sign up for this?
An ally that may surprise some says the answer is no.
The dancer, actress, screenwriter and director who prefers to be known by her professional pseudonym—Stormy Daniels—came to the defense of Melania Trump’s right to privacy in an interview with UK paper the Mirror.
During the interview, the Mirror raised the question of the FLOTUS’s happiness in her marriage.
But Daniels maintained Melania Trump’s happiness is no one’s business but Melania Trump’s. Daniels said:
“People should stop speaking for her. Maybe she’s happy.”
“Everything we say about her is a projection. Some people misplace sorrow and pity on another person.”
“The entire world would be interested to know what she feels. But if we never know, that is her right and I support it.”
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) July 14, 2018
Thanks 👌🏾 I stopped listening after “Melania Trumps *Be Best* campaign” and started thinking about her coat. 😇😆😆😆👻 pic.twitter.com/sY3pOvdg6n
— LaoTzu (@LaoTzu5) August 23, 2018
However the point that no First Lady—or future First Gentleman—received public placement to be in their position is valid. The public voted for their spouse, not them.
As expected, reactions on social media were mixed. Most focused on the FLOTUS’s life and her ability to speak for herself rather than asking about her right to privacy which was the point of Stormy Daniels’ statements.
I feel sorry for her. She has to put up with lies, cheating. But the money may make her happy.
— Gloria Johnson (@gloriaann1960) August 27, 2018
It’s her business but she acts like a moody kid. Doesn’t have any sense of duty towards her position. But then, neither does her husband. Worst 1st lady ever. Totally MIA.
— Janet Butler (@lottacontinua16) August 27, 2018
Speaking for her? They are always talking about her and criticizing her. Our beautiful FLOTUS can speak for herself when SHE wants to 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
— Ernestine Lascano (@ErnestineLasca2) August 27, 2018
Pretty sure she knew exactly what she was getting into.
There is a lot more to marriage than sex.
— zxq9 (@zxq9_notits) August 27, 2018
Happy? “ Paid for” , most likely…. pic.twitter.com/wk1D2NxzTD
— Dietrich Buxtehude (@Buxtehude11) August 26, 2018
the woman who knowingly married a cheater after two failed marriages who needed a working visa, came for a poor country and wanted to get her family out, that married a megalomaniac. She signed up for it and she is living it. No sympathies needed. She got everything she asked for
— Regina Webster (@ginageewebby) August 26, 2018
It would be helpful if she started speaking
— Daniel (@kacang_tua) August 26, 2018
However some appreciated the sentiment from Daniels as the following shows.
And while many posted comments pointing out the adult entertainer allegedly engaged in an affair with a married man, others emphasized it was the married man who betrayed his wedding vows, not Stormy Daniels.
Wow. A porn actress has more respect for @FLOTUS than her own husband does.
I’m lookin’ at you @realDonaldTrump
— Out of fucks to give (@jennmasonNFB418) August 26, 2018
Daniels met Trump at a Lake Tahoe golf event in 2006, four months after his wife gave birth to their son. She alleged they had sex once at the event and got together on two further occasions.
But while other women accused the President of sexual harassment and assault—a claim Trump gave credence to in the now infamous Access Hollywood hot mic tape and in comments on the Howard Stern Show about his tenure with the Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA pageants, Daniels made it clear their three encounters were consensual.
“I have to be very clear he DIDN’T do that to me, it was consensual. But if the allegations from other women are true he should be in jail.”
Daniels’ lawyer, Michael Avenatti, asked in March for the court to allow him to depose the President. As of now, the lawsuit continues.