The 4 Weirdest Moments in Melania Trump's Interview With Anderson Cooper
Melania Trump was dispatched Monday night to Anderson Cooper's 360 to spin her husband's sexual predations in the best way possible. After all, the specious thinking must be, if the beautiful Melania is by his side, Trump just can't be the sexual predator he has bragged about being.
From the get-go, Cooper set a friendly tone.
"How are you holding up?" he asked, seated on one of the baroque gold-plated chairs in the Trumps' Fifth Avenue apartment.
"I'm great!" she said, really enthusiastically, smiling intensely with her eyes the way all models are told they should. "I'm strong. I'm confident. I'm living my life."
Within a few moments, she added that what the press says is all lies, still smiling that kilowatt smile.
Here are some of the weirder moments in that interview.
1. Billy Bush made Trump say those things on the bus.
Melania has a variety of suspicions about the damning Access Hollywood tape, but even she has to admit her husband said what he said.
"I said to my husband the language was inappropriate. It was not acceptable," she told Cooper. She went on to wonder if they even knew that the mic was on. "Because it was kind of boy talk and he was kind of egged on by the host to say dirty and bad stuff."
From there, the discussion became more about the naughty language than the rapey sentiment that was expressed about kissing and groping women without their consent because that is what stars get to do. This has been a consistent source of confusion on the right. The problem is not that Trump used the word "pussy," folks.
2. This is the way all boys talk and her husband is a boy.
Melania immediately went to the boys-will-be-boys explanation, comparing Trump's talk to adolescent and pre-adolescent males. Like her son! "I've heard many different things from boys growing up, about the girls," she said. “Sometimes I said I have two boys at home. I have my young son and I have my husband.”
That's a little scary. Her son Barron is 11. Her much-older, pre-adolescent husband is running for president.
But it's all a plot in any case, she reminded us.
3. She has a strange concept of "left-wing" media.
So, the media is in a full-blown conspiracy against her husband, remember? Some examples Melania gave of the "left-wing" media bent on sabotaging his campaign are, "NBC, Access Hollywood," for releasing those tapes at that time. And then there is the very left-wing New York Post, which lied about her immigration status.
Someone should let Rupert Murdoch know that his taboid rag is part of the vast left-wing conspiracy.
4. As first lady, she would take on cyber bullies. Ummm, like her husband?
Melania Trump does not like social media and does not participate in it, she told Cooper. Cyber bullying is a real thing and a bad thing. Good for Melania Trump for coming out against it! Now, about her husband's Twitter account, where he body shames women and lies about his accusers' sex tapes!
In case you missed it, watch the whole interview.