Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has imploded in the last week as he has been hit with multiple allegations of sexual assault. Now, Trump has been hit with more bad news, as his wife Melania appears to have gone missing.
Real Time Politics reported that Melania has been conspicuously absent from the campaign trail ever since the allegations of sexual abuse first broke. The last time anyone heard from Melania was over a week ago, when she released a brief statement about the infamous audio tape in which her husband said he could “grab women by the p*ssy.”
“The words my husband used are unacceptable and offensive to me,’ she said at the time. “This does not represent the man that I know. I hope people will accept his apology, as I have.”
Crisis communications consultant Richard Levick warned that this statement will not be enough.
“She doesn’t talk about her love of the man, she just talks about ‘the man that I know,’” said Levick. “As Americans, we may be willing to forgive, but first we have to see that the spouse forgives.”
“The first rule of crisis communication when you’re in a crisis like this — allegations of infidelity — is, the spouse has to be there, standing by their husband or wife,” he added. “Where’s his wife? Where are they standing side by side, hand in hand?”
During his first presidential election in the early 1990s, Bill Clinton was accused of having an affair with Gennifer Flowers for over a decade. Afterwards, BOTH Bill and Hillary appeared on CBS for an indepth interview in which Hillary defended her husband.
“I’m not sitting here, as some little woman, standing by my man like Tammy Wynette,” Hillary said in the interview. “I’m sitting here because I love him. And I respect him. And I honor what he’s been through and we’ve been through together. And you know, if that’s not enough for people, then heck, don’t vote for him.”
Insiders in the Trump campaign reportedly wanted Donald and Melania to do a joint interview, but they have not done this so far.
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