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Trapped in a gilded cage: Does Melania Trump deserve our sympathy?

Ever since a candid nine second clip that captured Melania Trump looking absolutely distraught over something her husband grumbled at her during last week’s inauguration began circulating on social media, the Internet has been crying out for America’s new First Lady. The hashtag #FreeMelania started trending, with people uploading memes and other messages of support to a woman who clearly has no desire or preparation for the tremendous new responsibility that has been thrust upon her. She appears to be floundering in a swamp of chaos with no one, least of all her husband, to reach to for support.

Related: This candid nine second video will actually make your heart break for Melania Trump

But not everyone’s heart is bleeding for the 46-year-old QVC saleswoman with an alleged billionaire husband. Many have pointed out that she used to peddle the racist birther theory and once went on national television to accuse President Obama of being a foreigner. She also defended her husband’s “p*ssy grabbing” remarks during the campaign, and threatened to sue media outlets out of existence if they wrote unfavorable things about her. Oh, and she stole Michelle Obama’s speech. All this, of course, was after she stole her husband from another woman way back in 1998. So, yeah, she’s not exactly the perfect picture of a charity case.

Related: #FreeMelania movement gains momentum with these hilariously depressing memes

Still, it’s hard not to feel just a little for a woman who spent all of last Friday morning looking like this:

And all of last Friday evening looking like this:

What do you think? Does Melania Trump deserve our sympathy? Share your thoughts…

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  • MikeE

    Well she certainly doesn’t deserve to be in a “glided cage” (whatever the heck that’s supposed to be).

    But maybe all that stuff she did was under duress. Maybe she read from a script (her English isn’t exactly fluent). For all we know Trump may be holding her “hostage” by menacing to take her son away from her if she leaves him.

    The change of expression in the video is the face of a beaten woman. She may not be perfect – actually, we know she isn’t – but no one deserves to be in an abusive relationship.

  • 1EqualityUSA

    Having salt poured into our wounds may make us want to hurt Trump’s wife or child, as a way of attacking him, a practice despised in war. Unbecoming and ineffectual. If she had stood by her man on his political climb from Supervisor, Mayor, Senator, then President, it would be explicable. The collateral damage Trump’s antics have cost this family is detrimental; gloomsville. Some just want to be notorious. Vlad the Impaler is top dog in that category, not that there’s a contest. “If I can’t be the best, Vlad-action.” I wonder if presidents have tallies in their heads of the people killed on their watch. Torment.

  • Sluggo2007

    She’s a common gold digger. She knew what she was doing when she married Trump. I have NO sympathy for her.

  • Herman75

    Come on girls! She’ll be our new straight woman fashion diva! How can we resist that!!??

  • BigWoody

    She chose to be essentially a “mail order bride” for money.

  • Mo Bro

    I hear glided cages are all the rage this year.

  • Christopher

    What is a glided cage? Is that one made by ID Lube?

  • Warner27

    I’m sure that Melania will cope with the situation. She has been able to handle Trump for years, so she’s a tough enough cookie. But overall: No mercy. She’ s getting (but maybe a bit more) what she bargained for.

  • Jack Meoff

    No sympathy what so ever. She wanted the money and position Trump afforded her but her biggest mistake was binding herself to him by having a child. Now she has to deal with more than she bargained for and is trapped. I am hoping she leaves him because the media frenzy will be a hoot but I doubt she will because he will threaten her with cutting her off with no money and of course the poor child.

  • sfbeast

    Poor Melania. What happened to the ‘sparkle’ they saw in each other when they met. I believe the sparkle she saw were actually dollar signs.

  • Winter

    She doesn’t deserve my sympathy. She’s a common gold digger.

  • IDoNotHaveToAgreeWithYou

    No. She a whore not a slave. She can stop selling her cat any time.

  • Charlie in Charge

    If people are willing to lay the sins of Bill CLinton at the feet of Hillary why is Melania exempt? I don’t envy her relationship, I can say that much.

  • mhoffman953

    Hmmm. Seems like a double standard based on these comments.

    Liberals say they hate Trump because of his comments regarding immigrants (illegal ones) and women, but then they continue to trash the first lady who is an immigrant and a woman by calling her “mail-order bride” or “whore”

    • AlexEf

      So… what do you think about Melania herself?

  • AlexEf

    Poor thing! She probably does her own makeup and hair because Trump doesn’t want to spend any money on her.

  • Kangol

    This birther b&tch deserves what she gets. When she produces her immigration papers, and not some threatening letter from a lawyer, I’ll give her a shred of sympathy. No one forced her to consort with Drumpfster, and she could have walked away at any point if she had any good sense, especially given Drumpfster’s self-admitted sexual assaults against women.

  • nifty1jg

    Why feel sorry? She married him. She is still married to him. She will stick around until he is kicked out of the WH and then maybe she will move on. She has his son and so she is set for life no matter what happens.

  • jjunke

    sympathy!!!!!! you must be joking………this awful woman was quite supportive of the ‘birther’ movement. She was seen in an interview with Joy Behar questioning the right for Barack Obama to be president. Interesting coming from a woman, born in Slovakia, speaks broken English and worked illegally in the US as a ‘model’.

  • ptcruiser13

    Who wouldn’t empathize with anyone who shared their bed and their bits with Trump? I’m certain she loves him – it’s been 13 years guys. Is this the price one pays to access a billionaire… er millionaire… er comfortable lifestyle? He’s an egomaniacal, thin-skinned aging idiot with a big mouth, false bravado “we’re #1” and “leader of the free world?!” (if you’re white, Christian and love guns and white Jesus) to spare. Her European manners are assaulted daily and whatever he said to Melania, it obvious struck a pang in her heart and one can’t help but sympathize with her – at that moment. She looked gorgeous that day and her self-proclaimed desire to emulate the amazing Jackie O is admirable; if only Trump was JFK, “I think to myself, what a wonderful world it would be”.

  • Neonegro

    Why would she need the sympathy of angry gays?

    She is beautiful, rich and can reproduce.

    The gays are the ones in need of her sympathy.

    • IDoNotHaveToAgreeWithYou

      That reproducing thing didn’t go so well. Kids not exactly right, now is he?

    • Neonegro

      Who cares, the kid is rich.

  • Jack Meoff

    I just looked up her age online and was shocked to learn she is only 46. I thought she was in her 50’s. That outfit and hairdo she wore to the inauguration aged her terribly. I also didn’t realise the age difference between her and the doofus was so big.

  • russ_klettke

    As any good mother tells her daughters, when you marry just for money you have to work every night.

  • eightinchnail

    But she’s lives the money, I mean the man she married.

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