The Former and current First Lady have very different responses regarding the Capitol riot. Rumor has it, Melania was more interested in a photo shoot while Michelle had a lot to say.
Michelle Obama Responds to the Capitol Insurrection, Says ‘I Hurt for Our Country’. In the context of Black American history, the siege that occurred at the Capitol Building on Wednesday, Jan. 6 may not have been the country’s rock bottom (we’ve seen far worse from the country’s racists), but it was the undeniable low of a presidency we didn’t think could sink much further in its waning weeks (and are now holding our breath to see what fresh hell might be unleashed before he’s escorted out—with good reason).
So, what does our forever first lady say now? On Thursday, Obama released a statement Melania Trump will likely soon plagiarize, expressing her dismay about this incredibly low point in 21st-century American history. This, coupled with righteous rage at the double standard of the treatment of peaceful protesters versus virtually zero consequences for violent insurrectionists whose actions resulted in multiple deaths.
“[F]or those who wonder why we need to be reminded that Black Lives Matter at all, yesterday made it painfully clear that certain Americans are, in fact, allowed to denigrate the flag and symbols of our nation,” writes Obama. “They’ve just got to look the right way.”
Still intent on going high, despite her frustration, the much-beloved first lady maintains “there are glimmers of hope,” pointing to the Democratic reclamation of the Senate with the belated Georgia victories of Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff. Urging us all to be active participants in the healing of a nation that was never fully whole to begin with, she says: “The work of putting America back together, of truly repairing what is broken, isn’t the work of any individual politician or political party. It’s up to each of us to do our part.”
It’s the type of pragmatic optimism and cheerleading we’ve come to know and love in self-proclaimed “Mom-in-Chief” Michelle Obama. While we currently can’t quite muster up the motivation to “go high,” perhaps it’s a reminder that we needn’t wade in the muck of this moment—we didn’t create the swamp, after all.
Melania Trump Was Reportedly Overseeing A Photoshoot Of Rugs While A Mob Took Over The Capitol. On Wednesday, January 6, thousands of Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol building during a joint session of Congress. For the rest of the week, if you turned on the news or looked at the internet, there’s a good chance you’d exclusively find mention of this event (or the fact that Trump has been permanently banned from Twitter).
While all of this was happening on this, a day that will forever live in infamy, First Lady Melania Trump was overseeing a photoshoot of “rugs and other items in the Executive Residence and the East Wing,” a source close to the White House and the East Wing told CNN.
“Mrs. Trump is focused on her role as first lady,” her former chief of staff, Stephanie Grisham, told CNN in the report published December 9. “Monday she unveiled her most current effort in preserving the White House by announcing the completion of the tennis pavilion. She also recently unveiled a new piece of art in the newly renovated Rose Garden. Her office just revealed this year’s Christmas décor. Her schedule remains full with her duties as a mother, wife and first lady of the United States.”