The book also includes the first lady's reaction, or lack of, to the January 6 Capitol riots.
In what can only be considered shocking, a former top aide has revealed that Melania Trump slept through election night and had to be woken up for Trump's "non-concession" speech. The details were revealed by Stephanie Grisham, a former Trump White House press secretary, in her memoir, titled, I’ll Take Your Questions Now: What I Saw in The Trump White House, which will be out in October 2021.
Stephanie Grisham succeeded Sarah Huckabee Sanders as the third press secretary in President Donald Trump's White House. She started off as an assistant to Trump's first press secretary, Sean Spicer.
Melania Trump slept through most of election night 2020 and had to be woken up for her husband's speech.😂 pic.twitter.com/4ocitMhxJE— ResistForDemocracy (@ResistForDem) September 15, 2021
CNN's Brianna Keilar who reviewed the book said that as Trump prepared to give a speech refusing to concede the election after appearing to lose to Joe Biden, the former First Lady was getting some sleep, per Business Insider. Even before the results of the election had been announced, Trump had claimed victory that night, while also fueling baseless theories of election fraud, the former first lady was asleep for most parts of the night, adds Daily Mail.
"I knocked a few times, quietly at first but louder at each attempt," Grisham writes in the excerpt obtained by Politico. "I finally opened the bedroom door only to find that Melania Trump was sound asleep." Eventually, she did wake up, just in time, to join the former president's infamous 2:30 a.m. press conference.
The book also includes the first lady's reaction, or lack of, to the January 6 Capitol riots, which the former aide compares to Marie Antoinette, the doomed French queen.
Grisham writes that the former first lady was “preparing for a photoshoot of a rug she had selected” when Trump supporters broke their way into the Capitol building. Immediately, Grisham checked in with Melania to see if she wanted to upload a tweet about Americans having the right to peaceful protest but not at the cost of “lawlessness and violence.”
Melania reportedly said no and continued with her shoot. Grisham resigned shortly after the January 6 riots along with a few other staffers. “
It has been an honor to serve the country in the White House," she said at the time. "I am very proud to have been a part of Mrs. Trump’s mission to help children everywhere and proud of the many accomplishments of this administration."
As expected, Melania Trump responded to the book describing it as a mistruth. “The intent behind this book is obvious. It is an attempt to redeem herself after a poor performance as press secretary, failed personal relationships, and unprofessional behavior in the White House. Through mistruth and betrayal, she seeks to gain relevance and money at the expense of Mrs. Trump,” said Melania in a statement.
Also, there are reports that suggest Melania has no desire to be any part of Donald Trump's potential future campaigns for the Presidency. The former first lady does not even want to return to the White House should Trump run again in 2024 and win.
"Not unlike 2016, Melania Trump has no intention really of joining the campaign," said CNN's Kate Bennett. "I've spoken to people who said that she's not even really interested in being in the White House again, going through being the first lady again."
An adviser refuted those claims in a response to Politico. "If [Trump] runs, she will be right there. She's not going to have her own rallies. But did she ever?" said an adviser.
According to CNN, the book, set to be released on October 5, is already reportedly sparking panic among former President Donald Trump's circle.