Melania just issued a ridiculous response to the anonymous Op-Ed and the internet is buzzing

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First Lady Melania Trump may demonstrate a penchant for shunning the limelight, but she’s no less complicit in her husband’s disastrous administration than the simpering, more outspoken members of his cabinet. Her refusal to denounce his cruel agenda, racism, xenophobia, and illiberalism represents a deep moral failing that will haunt her for the rest of her life.

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Lest anyone be fooled into thinking she’s even considering doing the right thing, she released a statement today throwing her support behind President Trump’s incessant war on the free press.

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Yesterday, an Op-Ed written by an anonymous top official in the Trump administration ran in The New York Times igniting a wildfire of speculation. The piece painted the White House as a complete disaster zone, with Trump aides ignoring his orders and working behind his back to wield his executive power for themselves and prevent his worst impulses from coming to fruition.

Now, The Washington Post reports that Melania has released an official statement in response to the Op-Ed. In it, she calls the unknown official “cowardly” and acts as if the greatest threat to democracy is anonymous sources speaking to newspapers and not her husband actively trying to undermine the foundations of our democracy.

It’s a disingenuous, pathetic statement, and unfortunately exactly the kind of thing we’ve come to expect from our so-called First Lady. The full statement reads:

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“Freedom of speech is an important pillar of our nation’s founding principles and a free press is important to our democracy. The press should be fair, unbiased and responsible.”

“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. 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.”

“To the writer of the oped — you are not protecting this country, you are sabotaging it with your cowardly actions.”

Criticism of Melania Trump’s sprang up immediately, with many Twitter users casting doubt on whether she even wrote the statement herself. Others focused on the rank hypocrisy it takes for the First Lady to talk about protecting the country while she continues to shield her incompetent, evil husband.

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Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.

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