If her husband is to be believed, and he’s been known to play fast and loose with the truth on numerous occasions, Melania Trump outperformed all of the pundits, pollsters and prognosticators who weighed in on the 2016 race. In an interview back in January, which seems nearly like a lifetime ago at this point, Donald Trump revealed that Melania had called his victory before he even launched his campaign. “If you run, you’ll win,” he quoted her as having said in an interview with CNN. She’s “my best pollster,” he declared. Melania’s prediction came true in the early morning hours on Wednesday, and the outcome means she is set to become the nation’s next first lady.
Naturally, many are wondering what type of first lady she’ll be. For one thing, she’ll be only the second first lady who was not born in the United States — the 46-year-old former model and mother hails from Slovenia — to live in the White House. Louisa Adams, the English wife of John Quincy Adams, the nation’s sixth president, who served from 1825 to 1829, was the first.
Melania is also known to eschew the spotlight, something that was deeply evident during the nearly 18-month campaign season. She gave only two speeches during all of that time and made very limited appearances on the campaign trail. The first speech came in July at the Republican National Convention and was marred by a plagiarism scandal after it was revealed that lines from Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech at the Democratic National Convention had found their way into Melania’s address. Her second speech came during the campaign’s waning days. In it, she outlined combating cyberbullying as her agenda if she were to become first lady. The speech was derided by critics, including Lady Gaga, who pointed out that her husband routinely resorted to using bullying tactics on Twitter throughout his campaign.
Some think, despite her unconventional background as a model, that she would end up making a very traditional first lady. Phillip Bloch, a stylist who’s worked with Melania, told The Telegraph, “She’d be great at picking out the china patterns — she’d be a classic first lady.” Not all of America, though, has warmed up to her, as The Telegraph points out. According to a recent survey, Melania has the worst favorability ratings of any incoming first lady in more than two decades.
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