First Lady Snub! Melania refuses traditional meeting with Dr. Jill Biden on her way out the door

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Among the many norms destroyed during the presidency of Donald Trump, civility and White House traditions have been among the biggest victims.

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Now with just hours to go before Trump will be summarily evicted from the White House, his wife Melania is refusing to participate in a long-standing presidential transition tradition that has the current first lady giving a personal tour to her incoming replacement of the private living quarters on the second and third floors of their new residence.

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Journalist Kate Andersen Brower, the author of First Women: The Grace and Power of America’s Modern First Ladies, a definitive history of presidential spouses, detailed the unprecedented snub in an opinion column for CNN.

“From Bess Truman and Mamie Eisenhower’s meeting, to the visit Laura Bush hosted where Jenna and Barbara Bush showed Sasha and Malia Obama how to slide down the banister in the Residence, to the visit where Michelle Obama invited Melania Trump even after Donald Trump had questioned her husband’s citizenship, this tradition has long been one of the first lady’s many unwritten obligations,” Brower writes. “And Melania Trump has discarded it,” she laments.

Brower explains in her op-ed why “Ceremony matters. Traditions matter.”

“It’s a rare event when we’re reminded that we are part of something bigger than ourselves, and while a meeting over tea served on silver platters in the Residence between two powerful women married to presidents might seem quaint, that tradition is meaningful. It grounds us, knowing that two people who may have very little in common are acknowledging that something as momentous as the transfer of presidential power also touches the lives of real families not so unlike ours,” she explains.

Those traditions matter to many who saw the news on social media and responded with reflections on how the immigrant first lady’s snub to Dr. Jill Biden reflects on her own character and that of her deplorable husband.

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Add your name to call for the arrest of Republicans in Congress who gave recon “tours” to Trump’s insurgents!

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It seems like the outgoing first lady has not made many new fans with her decision to break with precedent.

Her petulance here and her “Be best” hypocrisy may be the reason she and Donald Trump are such a perfect match.

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Hopefully, Melania won’t miss him much if he’s remanded to prison after being tried for his many alleged crimes in his post-presidential career.

She always has her own modeling career to fall back on once Donald spends his remaining fortune on legal fees.

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Original reporting by Kate Andersen Brower at CNN.

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Vinnie Longobardo

Vinnie Longobardo is a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile, & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.

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