First Lady Melania Trump “doesn’t understand what it means to be first lady,” wrote CNN contributor Kate Anderson in an opinion piece published over the weekend.
Anderson was referencing Melania’s interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity last week and took issue with the first lady saying that the hardest thing she faces with in her role is the daily negativity directed toward her and her family from so many directions.
“What’s been the hardest thing that you have to deal with?” Hannity had asked.
“I would say the opportunists who are using my name or my family’s name to advance themselves, from comedians to journalists to performers to book writers,” she replied.
“Does it hurt?” the talk show host questioned.
“It doesn’t hurt,” she assured him. “The problem is, they’re writing the history, and it’s not correct.”
Anderson mocked Melania for thinking that was a big deal and said she should have focused on the struggles of other families in America instead who are dealing with all of our country’s “tragedies and shortcomings.”
“I hope Melania realizes soon that her own personal challenges are nothing compared to the incredible opportunity she has to make a difference and ‘be best,’" the CNN contributor concluded.
But Melania’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham shot back on CNN Monday morning, calling Anderson’s piece “condescending” and “another unnecessary attack on the first lady.”
Grisham pointed out that Melania’s interview with Hannity nitpicked a “response to a single answer” she gave and was “published just hours after the first lady traveled to Children's National hospital in Washington to read a Christmas story, visit sick children and thank the hardworking hospital staff.”
“CNN has a dedicated reporter who covers Mrs. Trump. But the media consistently ignores the first lady's work on behalf of the people of this country, and children in particular, in favor of more trivial matters,” she continued.
“In the past week alone, Mrs. Trump participated in a Toys for Tots toy drive, visited service members and families from three different branches of the military, and flew out to an aircraft carrier for one of the visits, in addition to her time with patients at Children's National hospital,” Anderson pointed out.
After noting many, many other things Melania has done to help and encourage numerous Americans suffering through tragedies, the spokeswoman concluded, “The media also has the opportunity and responsibility to report fairly, accurately and without bias. They are, in fact, writing the first draft of our nation's history. In many ways, they are failing to measure up to this responsibility.”
“Hopefully, the media will eventually learn to celebrate a woman who, through all the noise, is able to hold steadfast to her mission and stay true to herself.”
Grisham also appeared on "Fox & Friends" to defend the first lady: