On Tuesday night, an on-message Melania Trump defended her husband, Donald Trump, from accusations that the Republican nominee had groped and sexually assaulted women, saying that the "left-wing media," with help from the Hillary Clinton campaign, is responsible for "bashing" him.
"[The] press, it's very dishonest, and it's a lot of lies that they've written," Melania told Anderson Cooper in an interview broadcast on CNN. Melania said that she had to file lawsuits because the media was accusing her of "doing stuff that I have never did in my life, and they wrote lies."
Melania Trump blames left wing media for the release of the 2005 tape: "I was not surprised that the tape came out" https://t.co/biV9HbpHfB
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She said she had to threaten lawsuits, like one to People Magazine, whose writer described an incident in which Donald Trump sexually assaulted her. The writer also said that Melania was friendly to her, and Melania was having none of it.
The former supermodel told Cooper that she wanted to stay off the campaign, instead tending to her and Trump's 10-year-old son, Barron. She said that Trump speaks and acts childish, noting "I have two boys at home," which is a weird way to describe someone who wants to be the leader of the free world. She also used the "boys will be boys" variation of locker room talk to defend the leaked tapes of Donald Trump and Billy Bush talking about groping women. That led to this odd exchange:
Cooper: He described it as locker room talk, to you, you’ve sort of alluded to that, is that what it is to you as well? Just locker room talk?
Trump: Yeah, it’s kind of two teenage boys, actually they should behave better, right?
Cooper: He was 59.
Melania said that her son talks about the campaign, and she teaches him that "there are consequences . . . and he needs to be careful in the language he uses," which, once again, may be better served teaching her husband.
Melania finished by telling Trump that she would like to tackle social media manners. "I see now in 21st century, the social media, it’s very damaging for the children. We need to guide them and teach them about social media, because I see a lot of negativity on it, and we need to help them," she said.
If only she could be shown where to start.
Watch Melania Trump talk to Anderson Cooper about the leaked tape.
(H/t to Bustle for the transcript of the interview)