We’ve already seen important items disappear from the White House website: climate change, healthcare, civil rights, LGBT rights, women’s issues, the Native American page. But hey, it added some really important information: the promotion of pollution through energy production replaced climate change and we got Melania’s jewelry line.
Originally, what it said was just a bit more of an advertisement than a bio:
“Melania is also a successful entrepreneur. In April 2010, Melania Trump launched her own jewelry collection, ‘Melania™ Timepieces & Jewelry,’ on QVC.”
Because it’s important FLOTUS, like POTUS, be a successful entrepreneur. It has since, however, been amended to read,
“Melania is also a successful entrepreneur. In April 2010, Melania Trump launched her own jewelry collection.”
Of course, the problem was less one of shame at what they had written than the fact that QVC doesn’t currently sell Melania’s line, although The Washington Post notes,
“A spokesperson for the First Lady said the reference to her jewelry line was intended as a factual statement, not an endorsement and the website was updated out of an abundance of caution.”
Caution? From the Trump White House? Anything FLOTUS says must be taken with a grain of salt given the lies in her bio and her history of plagiarism.
For example, as the Palmer Report asserts, the White House page on Melania repeats the claim (oft-debunked by fact-checkers) that she moved to New York in 1996 when in fact, in violation of her visa status, worked in New York a year earlier, in 1995.
It has been argued that this is not really a scandal and that the real potential scandal is her getting a green card in 2001 based on her being married to a U.S. citizen. She didn’t marry Trump until 2006 and said she’d never been married before.
While you won’t find that biographical information at WhiteHouse.gov, you will find a list of magazines in which FLOTUS has appeared:
“She has graced the covers of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, British GQ, Ocean Drive, Avenue, In Style, and New York Magazine. Her major layouts include the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, Allure, Vogue, Self, Glamour, Vanity Fair, and Elle.”
Unmentioned is Max, the French men’s magazine for which she had the allegedly illegal photographs taken.
It’s safe to say she is the first First Lady to appear in the pages of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, to try to sell her jewelry at WhiteHouse.gov, not to mention the first to lie about her illegal visa status in an official White House bio.
In an opinion piece appearing at USNews, Robert Schlesinger called Trump the “huckster-in-chief” and said, “Donald Trump’s inaugural address was packed with delusion, deception and anger.”
Sadly, the same appears to be true now of the White House website as well, rendering it basically valueless except as a source of Trump propaganda and a fact checker’s delight.
The only surprise is that the White House doesn’t already include a garish advertisement of Trump’s hotels.
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.