Today, in a new interview with Du Jour magazine, Melania Trump offers a helpful reminder for those who might be confused about the identity of her husband, the Republican party’s presumptive nominee for president:
“We know the truth. He’s not Hitler.”
Ah. Well good thing that has been cleared up.
“He wants to help America. He wants to unite people. They think he doesn’t but he does. Even with the Muslims, it’s temporary.” She concedes: “Maybe he needs to say it in a softer way. He doesn’t go after religions. He feels like we need to know who’s coming to this country. If not, we don’t have a country. That’s how he feels. We see how he is, and he wants to unite the country and bring people together and bring jobs back.”
But writer Mickey Rapkin (who authored the book that became the Pitch Perfect film series series) returns to the subject of anti-Semitism, asking Trump about the online abuse directed at the writer Julia Ioffe after GQ published a piece that dug into her background:
So if people put a swastika on my face once this article comes out, will she denounce them?
“I don’t control my fans,” Melania says, “but I don’t agree with what they’re doing. I understand what you mean, but there are people out there who maybe went too far. She provoked them.”
She’s not married to Hitler but if her husband’s followers brand you with the world’s most infamous symbol of religious oppression anyway, it’s probably because you were asking for it.