While the MAGA enthusiast supporters of her husband rioted in and around the U.S. Capitol and beat cops nearly to death with flagpoles and erected a gallows to hang the Vice President, Melania Trump was asked if she’d like to send a tweet encouraging peace.
According to Melania Trump’s ex-aide Stephanie Grisham, who sent the text saying “Do you want to tweet that peaceful protests are the right of every American, but there is no place for lawlessness & violence?”
Grisham claims that Melania’s one word response was a simple “No.”
Grisham was Melania’s chief of staff on Jan. 6, 2o21, was also a former White House press secretary and communications director and resigned later on that same day without mentioning the exchange with the then First Lady.
Tweeting a farewell message as she left the administration, Grisham wrote:
“It has been an honor to serve the country in the White House. I am very proud to have been a part of Melania Trump’s mission to help children everywhere, & proud of the many accomplishments of this Administration.”
While it’s not clear why Grisham waited until now to share her text exchange with Melania from Jan. 6, Huffington Post highlights that it “backs an anecdote” from Grisham’s tell-all book, “I’ll Take Your Questions Now: What I Saw at the Trump White House,” which was released on October 5, 2021.
Many Twitter users responded harshly, like the one who wrote this:
“Do you want a participation award? Do you think this absolves you of your complicity in what went on in that WH for 4 years? You sat by as Rome burned and did nothing. The entire lot of you should be in jail.”
To which Grisham responded:
“Nope. I don’t believe in participation awards. I’m not trying to be absolved of anything, what I am doing is trying not to let history repeat itself.”