If you’ve recently read news reports or monitored tweets from liberal journalists about President Donald Trump’s marriage to Melania, odds are that you were left with a negative depiction of their relationship.
Pundits have long asserted that Melania is “stuck” in her marriage to Trump, somehow kept in the relationship by the controlling president.
Firstly, it's in poor taste to assume the worst about a couple's marriage. However, it also appears the theory could be dead wrong, according to a new report.
President Trump has seemingly given the first lady unprecedented freedom to speak her mind, even when she disagrees with him. That’s exactly how a healthy marriage should work.
After Trump went after LeBron James, calling him “not smart,” Melania responded to a media inquiry about the NBA star with a notably different take than her husband.
Melania’s spokesperson, Stephanie Grisham, said in a statement to CNN, “It looks like LeBron James is working to do good things on behalf of our next generation and just as she always has, the First Lady encourages everyone to have an open dialogue about issues facing children today.”
Seeing a possible “rift” between the first lady and President Trump, the media started digging. What they ended up doing is proving that Trump is not a controlling husband and encourages his wife to say whatever is in her heart.
White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley confirmed his office works with the East Wing on a regular basis and enjoys a “great working relationship” with the first lady.
But the left-leaning Daily Beast interpreted it differently.
“But the contradictory statements have also been interpreted by observers and reporters as conspicuous breaks between the president and the first lady, perhaps even an effort by the latter to publicly distance herself from her husband on scandals or contentious issues,” the site reported. "It also speaks to a larger Trump White House messaging operation that has frequently found itself internally disjointed—when it’s not drowning in bitter infighting—thus fueling speculation of dissension even within the first family.”
Apparently, this type of speculation now passes for reporting in the Trump era.
Why can’t a husband and wife disagree on issues without it being a scandal? They do — all the time. Maybe that’s why average voters find the Trumps so relatable.