I’ve looked and can’t find a picture I saw perusing news stories online earlier. ( Update: Here’s the article and picture I couldn’t find last night )It was definitely Melania, and it was said to be her leaving Trump Tower in the wake of the news her P.O.S. hubby has been criminally indicted. Again. I can’t speak to whether it’s true she was at Trump Tower today, or if that picture was taken today but wow! She was very plainly dressed and not made up as for being photographed and the expression on her face… Well, it can be described as a combination of white hot anger – and fear. Fear that she blew it with her recent renegotiation of of her pre-nup with The Donald.
As Trophy Wife #3 she’d long ago fulfilled her initial contract. She pumped out a kid for Trump so he could elbow his buddies and brag about knocking up another “babe” even at his then age. She put in her requisite years. Five to ten years is fairly typical for trophy wives, Trump’s or other rich dudes that trade wives in for younger models. But the pre-nup has been renegotiated more than once. It seems instead of cashing out for her ten million or so and a nice condo in some Trump building (a nicer one than Trump Tower!) and some other stuff she agreed to an extension to play dutiful wife for his 2016 campaign. Figured an extra million or two, and maybe a small beach condo too was worth the whole thing.
She bawled her eyes out on election night 2016 when Trump was declared the winner! Expiration on the pre-nup or not she knew she was stuck! She had been looking forward to a quiet life in NYC, getting to start “seeing” boy toys or at least men who were better looking and nicer to her than Trump. Having her own friends that didn’t require hubby’s approval etc. She made the best of it eventually and all the Trump and GOP anti-immigration rhetoric and especially the stuff about “chain immigration”, one person getting legal status or citizenship and leveraging it into getting relatives green cards and eventual citizenship she got her parents through the system. It took some sneaking as the process was dragged out, no doubt on Trump’s orders but she got it done while he was distracted. Quietly got approval eventually and boom – they took their oath before Trump had a chance to find out. So he lost that huge piece of leverage over her.
Moving on, as relieved as we all were when Trump got his butt handed to him by President Biden in November 2020 Melania was just as relieved. After a suitable period she could divorce him, collect her payoff and take Barron with her far from Trump. There was news not long ago however that a new pre-nup had been negotiated and all of a sudden, the Carroll case, the NYC case and dragging up Stormy Daniels again notwithstanding Melania signed on for more. My guess is it cost Trump a bundle. A lot and I mean YUGE. For once Melania had serious leverage with him and what he had to agree to in order to keep her handy for campaign crap probably accounts for some of his crazy.
But you ask what about Bragg getting criminal indictments? Yes, that’s a whole new level of seriousness but it’s going to be a tough case. Even someone like legal talking head Andrew Wiseman who left Bragg’s office firing broadsides when at first Bragg would move forward with charges his predecessor had teed up says the case will be tough. And yes, the legal means for turning what would have been still criminal but misdemeanor charges into felonies is open to question, especially on appeal. And that my friends will take years to sort out. So Melania probably wasn’t too worried about collecting if she only agreed to stick around through 2024 and agree to yet another renegotiation if Trump won.
But this? THESE charges are serious. Hard core. And the FL case is limited in scope. Federal or not plenty of legal talking heads say it’s likely to move more quickly than others are saying. It seems the Eastern District of Virginia isn’t the only “rocket docket” and some of the federal judges in Miami are no-nonsense and move things along. Also, while Trump will slow things down with motions that might get appealed the notoriously conservative judges in that circuit’s Court of Appeals have already proven they aren’t putting up with Trump’s delaying crap. They slapped down Judge Cannon in what for the federal court system is a heartbeat. A trial a year from now or even sooner isn’t some forlorn hope. It’s actually possible.
It gets worse. The June 8 indictments show that yes, former President or not Jack Smith is quite willing to take on Trump. And however reluctantly AG Merrick Garland is allowing him to proceed as he sees fit. I used to think that the best we could hope for was Trump being charged (and convicted) on the documents case but that in the end DOJ would hem and haw and even Smith might not want to try nailing him as a J6 conspirator. Here’s one more tidbit to keep in mind. Apparently the grand jury that indicted Trump has been hearing evidence for a good long while, long, long before this week and none of us knew it! What else might be going on that Smith/the DOJ has managed to keep hidden? I now say another set of federal indictments is coming and since DOJ is winning Seditious Conspiracy charges at trial that’s the ball game for Trump. Smith wouldn’t charge it if he didn’t have the goods, and that means Trump won’t be able to hold ANY elected office. And to add to all THAT we have Fani Willis in GA who might as well have planes sky writing over Mar A Lago “I’m indicting you in August!”
The documents indictment is more than a domino falling. It’s a mountain tumbling down on Trump. THAT means real trouble for the Trump Org. As Murf and Ursula have reminded us he’s got way over three hundred million in cash he’s going to have to come up with and unless I’m mistaken by sometime next year. He’s got assets still, but they aren’t “liquid” and these days Putin and the Oligarchs have their own problems. Trump has nowhere to turn.
I think Trump and those around him, including and especially Trophy Wife #3 aka Melania Trump had convinced themselves that in the end, even if Smith wanted to bring charges that AG Garland wouldn’t let him do it. And that Trump could drag things out in NY and GA until after the election, that he’d win the election no matter how much cheating and violence it took to make that happen and use his new power to shut everything down.
As of today, especially with Chris Christie having proven he won’t hold back one bit in going after Trump and even Pence being kinda sorta critical these charges are going to become a bludgeon for other GOP candidates. Whatever his standing now, I predict that by primary time Trump will be in trouble. Not only not in command of the field but vulnerable to not even getting the nomination, all while dealing with a financial calamity of his own making that will bankrupt him and the Trump Org.
Which means “Melanie” will find herself at the back of a long line of creditors and not just her original payoff, but the windfall she recently negotiated will get flushed with her hubby’s turds down his fake gold toilet! She pretty much decided to try and “beat the house” and went all in on what she thought was a good poker hand. Only to to watch that last card (the River?) get turned over on the table and realize she’d lost it all.
Which is why I say that coat is gonna wind up being way more deliciously ironic because all of a sudden she DOES care about her husband’s antics and the harm he’s done. Smith had done the equivalent of issuing a disconnection notice and the only thing that can stop it is having cash on hand to give to the electric company worker that comes to shut off the power. And Trump won’t have it.
Yes, it’s mean spirited of me but I look forward to, when reminded of her console myself with having been so with thoughts of her misery. Her anguish over getting TOO greedy and not cashing out when she could have. And instead betting big and losing it ALL.