Melania Trump was at the White House overseeing a photoshoot of a carpet she had installed when hundreds of rioters broke into the Capitol.
January 6, 2021, remains one of the most disgraceful days in the history of the United States when insurrectionists stormed the Capitol building to protest against the election results that declared President Joe Biden the winner. While Trump was partly blamed for it as he reportedly incited his supporters to rally outside the White House and march to the Capitol to protest, fingers are now being pointed at Melania Trump as well. According to two sources, who had knowledge of the incident, the former First Lady refused to call for peace and non-violence.
Do not feel sorry for Melania Trump.https://t.co/PPVS4I5Tl7— Michael J. Stern (@MichaelJStern1) September 14, 2021
The insiders told CNN that Trump's aide Stephanie Grisham had sent Melania a text message which read, "Do you want to tweet that peaceful protests are the right of every American, but there is no place for lawlessness and violence?" To this, the 51-year-old replied, "No." In her upcoming book, I'll Take Your Questions Now, Grisham details the incident which was partly published in Politico on Monday. Back in January, it was reported that Melania was at the White House overseeing a photoshoot of a carpet she had installed when hundreds of rioters broke into the Capitol.
Melania Trump refused to issue a public statement to defuse the rioting at the US Capitol on January 6 as she was busy with a photoshoot for a rug she chose for the White House, according to her then chief of staff at the time https://t.co/ynSOLx4YDO— The Times (@thetimes) September 13, 2021
Even at that time, she publicly did not address the atrocities committed by her husband's supporters just two miles away on Capitol Hill. Even as barricades were torn down and attackers were entering the building, Melania could not be bothered to call off the photoshoot. Five days later, on January 11, Melania finally criticized the violence—in part. On Monday, the former FLOTUS gave a statement to Politico addressing Grisham's claims. "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," it read.
For over five years, Grisham has been loyal to the Trumps. She briefly served as the White House press secretary before getting back to the East Wing as Melania Trump's chief of staff for the last year of administration. It was on January 6 that she finally resigned from her position, shortly after sending the message asking Melania if she wishes to speak out against the violence. Per her book, which is slated to be released on October 5, Melania was fast asleep in her private bedroom at the White House on election night. A source revealed that Grisham had to wake her up for her husband's speech. Grisham says Melania woke up hastily, wore a suit, and joined her husband.
This news has left many outraged due to the intensity of the destruction that was caused on January 6. We previously reported the rioters vandalized the private offices of lawmakers and rampaged through the corridors of the building. Even as officers threw smoke grenades to get them out, some made inside and left the place in shambles. Nancy Pelosi’s suite of offices was looted and wrecked by the rioters. The tables were flipped, rioters rummaged through the desk, and even streamed the violent incident. Per reports, one man was photographed resting his feet on Pelosi's office desk while others played around with desk phones.
Rep. Joaquin Castro argued that former President Trump's tweet calling for rioters to "stay peaceful" is not a valid defense for inciting insurrection.— MSNBC (@MSNBC) February 12, 2021
Rep. Jaime Raskin compared it to yelling "respect private property" after robbing a bank. https://t.co/A1TqhrfVai
Although the building was ultimately secured by US Capitol Police, it ended up injuring many officers and killing five. Capitol Police force officer Brian Sicknick, 42, died a day after being beaten by rioters at the mob. Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt, 35, was shot and killed by police as she attempted to climb through a broken window that led to the Speaker’s Lobby, reports New York Times. Kevin D. Greeson, 55, a Trump loyalist, suffered a heart attack and fell on the sidewalk while standing with fellow Trump supporters. Rosanne Boyland, 34, was killed when fellow rioters crushed her while fighting through the police line. Finally, Benjamin Philips, 50, died of a stroke in Washington.