“Mrs Trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform,” spokesperson Stephanie Grisham told CNN. “She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart.”.
The First Lady's own immigration story is questionable, as several news reports last year revealed she entered the country and began working without a work visa, which is illegal. And her own parents qualify as being part of what President Trump and his supporters call "chain migration." They came to the U.S. and apparently became American citizens as a result of the First Lady's citizenship status.
Many on social media were furious she entered the political debate, which she has said she would not do. Others are angered that just like her husband, she is now lying.
SiriusXM Progressive radio host Michelangelo Signorile weighed in:
And the fact that they brought Melania out means they’re afraid the backlash is too great. Americans are outraged by what they are seeing.
But again, Melania is a adult, making her own decisions, whether allowing herself to be used or genuinely wanting to get involved.
— Mike Signorile (@MSignorile) June 17, 2018
MSNBC intelligence expert Malcolm Nance:
The absolute nerve @FLOTUS. This is stunning. “She hates to see children separated” but clearly supports the policy. Hints for a need to build a Wall in exchange for child hostages (Trump’s “reform.”)This statement is #Heartless. #WhereAreTheChidren https://t.co/dB5GSLuj7p
— Malcolm Nance (@MalcolmNance) June 17, 2018
MSNBC executive producer Kyle Griffin:
Melania Trump's statement mischaraterizes the situation. It's not "both sides" that are separating immigrant parents from children.
It is the Trump admin's policy and the Trump admin's policy alone. Trump can stop it whenever he wants. https://t.co/vjVfmdcCRV
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 17, 2018
New York Times opinion writer Charles M. Blow:
See Melania, just when you had snookered some folks into feeling sorry for you, you come out with this BULL! https://t.co/gt6Wq3wKyr
— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) June 18, 2018
Former Vermont Democratic governor Howard Dean:
This is also a lie. If Melania wants respect she will have to stop trying to cover for her husband when he lies. She also tried to cover for him when he was pushing the birther lie. https://t.co/OxN0aZpBIQ
— Howard Dean (@GovHowardDean) June 17, 2018
If Melania Trump was actually bothered by things like hardline immigration and cyberbullying she wouldn’t have married a xenophobic internet troll.
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) June 18, 2018
Melania adopted her husband’s false assertion the family separations were caused by bipartisan gridlock - rather than by Trump’s policy choice. https://t.co/JxC5ADWUnB
— Trip Gabriel (@tripgabriel) June 17, 2018
If you do not stand up for small 3 and 4 year olds, tiny children being ripped away from their parents and locked into cages, you have no place in society and have demonstrated your sociopathy and unworthiness at being called human. @potus @KellyannePolls @FLOTUS @IvankaTrump
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) June 17, 2018
Melania Trump has ZERO authority to speak out on any policy issue, but especially not immigration. Her violation of her work visa and suspicious citizenship path are a ridiculous mockery of our country's laws, all while questioning Pres Obama's citizenship. Please stfu.
— Mary Soulbrdr (@SoulBirdr) June 18, 2018
Melania Trump isn’t totally ignorant. She knows her husband’s policy is seoarating parents from their children. She is afraid to say it because she is afraid of him. Same reason Ivanka has been totally silent. They are hostages - and evil by proxy.
— Tony Schwartz (@tonyschwartz) June 17, 2018
Dear Melania Trump:
You alone can fix it. The President will only reunite families if there’s something in it for him. I suggest 10% off his upcoming alimony payments. These families could really use your help. Nobody knows better than you what it’s like to be held hostage.
— Steve Redmond (@sjredmond) June 18, 2018
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