A host of people, including White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, ripped into ABC’s ostensibly pro-women talk show “The View” this week after one of the show’s guest hosts disrespected first lady Melania Trump yet again.
This week’s low-blow attack involved guest host Yvette Nicole Brown suggesting that the first lady may have once been one of President Donald Trump’s mistresses.
She issued the widely panned remark during a discussion about a recent interview in which Melania had addressed reports about her husband’s “alleged infidelities” of the not-recent past by noting that she had more important things to worry about at the moment.
“I am a mother and first lady, and I have much more important things to think about and to do,” the first lady had said during the interview.
According to Brown, this could only mean one thing: “Is it possible that she’s not concerned with his mistresses because she was one of them?” she asked Friday.
Listen to Melania’s interview and Brown’s subsequent statement in the clip below:
This disrespectful question triggered a ripple of criticism from numerous people, including Sanders, Melania’s spokeswoman and American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp.
In a tweet posted right after Friday’s edition of “The View” ended, Melania’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham urged Brown to check her facts and reminded her that the first lady “deserves your respect & certainly not your lies.”
Sanders chimed in a few hours later with her own dig at “The View” for its continued “war on women“:
Day 2 of attacks from @TheView. @YNB check your facts before you accuse someone of being a mistress. She’s your @FLOTUS – she deserves your respect & certainly not your lies. Disgusting. #disrespectful #accusation #LiberalMedia @TomLlamasABC @ABCWorldNews
— Stephanie Grisham (@StephGrisham45) October 12, 2018
Sad @TheView continues their disgusting attacks on @FLOTUS. The left’s “war on women” they disagree with is a disgrace. @FLOTUS is strong, accomplished, and has a lot more class than the women who bully her
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) October 12, 2018
Schlapp threw in his two cents during an appearance later that evening on Fox News’ “Hannity,” saying, “It’s like a gathering of the Mean Girls, and most women see this for what it is.”
But instead of rethinking her choice of words or perhaps even issuing an apology, Brown has since doubled down on Twitter, where she’s practically declared war on anyone with the apparent temerity to challenge her all-knowing, all-seeing self.
I stand by every word I said.
My mom taught me that respect is earned. And thankfully we live in a nation–at least for now–where I don’t have to bow down to dear leader or his third wife.
I own them. ✊? https://t.co/QqgQVvPG7S
— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) October 12, 2018
Did they turn on the #MAGA bot signal? So many angry blank avatars & flag emojis yelling at me & riling up their four followers. ? Why so mad, guys? Your buddy is making america so great for you. Y’all seem MIGHTY shook about what the black chick you declare not to know said.
— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) October 13, 2018
Dang, I’m starting to realize that I too may be an impolite, arrogant woman. How dare I have opinions and speak my mind! And as a black woman too?! The nerve! The unmitigated GALL! Who do I think I am?!
You’d think this was 2018 in the USA and I was “free” or something!
— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) October 13, 2018
It remains unclear why Brown felt such an intense need to disrespect the first lady on Friday. It should be noted though that one of the guests featured on “The View” that day did briefly call her out.
“Before we go, I do want to say something. There was a comment made at this table today about Mrs. Trump. I just want to say whether you like her or you don’t like her, she deserves our respect because she is our First Lady,” ABC News journalist Tom Llamas, who was the individual who had interviewed Melania in the first place, said to Brown later in the show.
“I don’t respect her,” Brown then replied.
And this may be in turn why so few respect her in turn?
You can stand by every word and still be completely wrong standing by stupidity.
— Maribeth Price (@mbprice5) October 13, 2018
Something is wrong with you, jealous
Go with name calling when you have nothing else – no policies, no moral compass, and absolutely no class. Your remarks just reflect on you dear.
— Tom Morgan (@TomMorg43927358) October 12, 2018
— keith johnson (@KJDaddyTX) October 13, 2018
Do you imagine that you have garnered respect for attacking a woman because of a dislike (or possibly hatred) of her husband? If so, does such respect gained through those means have any value? If we build ourselves up by tearing others down what have we created?
— apexofpurple (@apexofpurple) October 13, 2018
No one is asking you to bow down to anyone as we are not sure your giant arse could get back up! But respect is due the position and lies are never due anyone. But you will be off the show soon enough, you low IQ hack!
— Mountain Rabbi (@mountain_rabbi) October 13, 2018
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