Melania Trump reportedly turned down the opportunity to speak out on the riots outside the U.S. Capitol before being assaulted by a mob on Jan.6, according to a new book.
Stephanie Grisham, who was Ms Trump’s chief of staff and a former White House press secretary, reportedly wrote in a forthcoming book that she asked the wife of former US President Donald Trump if she wanted to speak out against the riots were going on around the Capitol, but he was told, “No.”
A ‘Stop the Steal’ rally led by Mr Trump that day culminated in the assault on the Capitol, in which five people were killed and hundreds more injured – many of whom mistakenly believed that the 2020 elections had been “stolen” or “rigged”.
According to Politics, who received an excerpt from Mrs. Grisham’s book titled I will answer your questions now: what I saw in the Trump White House, Ms. Trump was in the White House “preparing a photoshoot for a carpet she had selected” on the day of the Capitol riot.
Ms. Trump was reportedly asked if she wanted to “tweet that peaceful protests are the right of every American, but that there is no room for lawlessness and violence”, and replied, “No”.
Less than an hour after Ms Grisham’s text, which she said was sent at 1:25 p.m., the Capitol building had been violated by a mob who, according to her New York Times analysis, took place around 2:11 p.m. – forcing members of Congress to house and suspend a special joint session to confirm Joe Biden as president.
Mr Trump tweeted at 2:24 p.m. that Mike Pence, his vice president, “lacked the courage to do what should have been done to protect our country and our constitution,” after refusing the former president’s request to challenge the results of the 2020 election and Mr. Biden’s victory.
Critics of Mr. Trump would say his tweet encouraged rioters to take the attack on Capitol Hill further.
Ms Trump’s office said Politics in a statement that “The intention behind this book is obvious. It’s an attempt to redeem itself after a poor performance as a press secretary, failed personal relationships and unprofessional behavior in the White House.
“Through deceit and betrayal, she seeks to gain relevance and money at Ms. Trump’s expense,” the statement added, apparently referring to Ms. Grisham’s former relationship with Max Miller, a former Trump aide, has it been reported.
The independent has contacted Ms Trump’s office for comment.
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