The former friend believes Melania Trump wasted her opportunity as the first lady and turned "a blind eye" to her husband's antics.
"The sister I never had before"—that is how Stephanie Winston Wolkoff once saw her former friend and current First Lady, Melania Trump, according to the Daily Beast. The close friendship between the two ended bitterly, to say the least. And today, Stephanie describes Melania as someone who merely stands in the shadows and fans the ego of her husband, Donald Trump.
In a piece she wrote for the Daily Beast, Winston Wolkoff wrote, "Melania knows how to 'Be Best' at standing up and reading from a teleprompter and not from the heart. She and her husband lack character, and have no moral compass."
Despite having one of the most coveted positions in the world, Melania "left behind no legacy or profile to be proud of as First Lady of the United States," wrote Stephanie, who once worked as Melania's assistant in the White House.
"Melania is no better than Donald is in terms of needing attention," she went on to say. "She wasted a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a platform to make a difference in the lives of so many children and didn’t provide any of that. She was just there as an extension of Donald, used to “soften” his image, highlight his showmanship, and smile for the cameras. In her free time she took up 'albuming' and made scrapbooks filled with photographs of herself."
"Melania is simply an extension of her husband, just as hypocritical, speaking out of both sides of her mouth, when it suits her best."
In the wake of the attack led by a mob on the US Capitol, which is believed to have been incited by the president himself, Stephanie wrote that the First Lady, too, is in some ways complicit in the destruction.
"Many still believe that Melania is powerless, but don’t be fooled; she is an abuser too, of the worst kind," she wrote. "The kind that speaks kindly to children. The sickness is under the skin. Melania knows and supports Donald and his viewpoints. If you hit him, he’ll hit you back harder. He’s the brass knuckles, aggressive guy, and she elects to grin and bear it. She turns a blind eye. The truth is she’s actually encouraging him to go for it. Be aggressive. She’s his biggest cheerleader. Well, he should pay a price. No one is above the law."
Over the past four years, the nation has seen a mysterious First Lady who hasn't been as vocal as the first ladies who preceded her, but they did see Trump's children be actively involved in his politics, especially First Daughter, Ivanka Trump also served as his Advisor. But Stephanie believes the entire family has contributed to the mess that Trump will soon be walking away from.
"They will always be remembered as the most careless president, First Lady and first family our country has ever known," wrote Stephanie, author of Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady.
As she concluded her rant against Melania and the Trump family, Stephanie ended by adding to the widespread criticism that Trump has been receiving for his response to the outbreak of COVID-19.
"As people are dying in America from COVID because of his ineptness, if Melania had an ounce of Eleanor Roosevelt in her, she would be out there getting the vaccine to people, supporting our nurses and doctors, and helping at food banks," wrote Stephanie. "They will depart the White House, with no regrets, leaving dead bodies behind, and driving off to Mar-a-Lago without looking back."