Donald Trump’s weekend just keeps getting worse for him. His last-ditch Nunes memo predictably fell flat and backfired on him. He’s running out of options and running out of time. Special Counsel Robert Mueller is charging at him from just around the corner. Instead of trying to figure a way out of the mess, Trump decided to spend the weekend at a golf course. He managed to convince his estranged wife Melania to join him – but now he’s surely wishing he hadn’t.
In the weeks since the media revealed that Donald Trump had an affair with adult film actress Stormy Daniels while Melania was pregnant, and then paid Daniels to keep quiet about it during the election, we’ve seen Melania take several stabs at revenge. She abruptly bailed on his trip to Switzerland, citing scheduling issues, and then she made multiple unscheduled appearances to prove she didn’t have scheduling issues. She arrived separately from him at the State of the Union while wearing suffragette white. She’s been humiliating him by avoiding him. Now she’s humiliating him by appearing with him.
While all the cameras were on them, Donald and Melania got off the plane together in Florida yesterday, with him a few steps ahead. She then made a point of zooming right past him without acknowledging him, even as he turned toward her. This left him so embarrassed, he tried to act like he had actually intended to turn toward the press, and began awkwardly waving at them. The moment was caught on camera by George Bennett of the Palm Beach Post:
— George Bennett (@gbennettpost) February 3, 2018
Donald Trump’s worsening marital strife may or may not be of particular interest to you. But at a time when everything is going wrong for Trump that can possibly go wrong in a political and criminal sense, his imploding marriage – and the public humiliation that’s coming with it – can’t be helping his cause.
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