In a recent interview with luxury magazine DuJour, Melania Trump expressed her contempt for those who see her exterior as a former model, and not the interior of the woman who is the wife and confidante of a presidential nominee.
“Unbelievable,” she said, referring to MSNBC host Chris Matthews’s comments about Melania earlier this month while he was unaware his mic was on. “Did you see her walk?” Matthews said then. “Runway walk. My God, is that good. I could watch that runway show.”
“That’s what I’m saying! I’m not only a beauty, I’m smart. I have brains. I’m intelligent. I would just say, ‘Men will be men,’” she told DuJour.
She said her husband often needs an unvarnished, honest opinion, which she is happy to give him.
“To be married to my husband, to someone successful as he is, he needs somebody who will tell him the truth. Somebody smart, you know. It’s not just like I’m there and I’m just doing things for him. People say I’m not on the campaign, (but) I’m very involved from home,” she said, noting that when Trump’s family wants advice routed to him, they call her.
“They know I would talk to him and put him in the right direction. Sometimes he does, and sometimes he doesn’t. He will decide what he does,” she said.
She said that she and her husband knew this campaign would include sacrifices, including their son Barron being apart from his father for some time.
“I said to him, ‘You really need to think, because our family life will change … Our son needs parents, and I don’t want somebody other than me taking care of him. We made that decision. It’s a big decision (to run), and a selfless decision. To go into that is very selfless because of what we’re going through.”
In the interview, she also defended her husband.
“We know the truth. He’s not Hitler. He wants to help America. He wants to unite people. They think he doesn’t but he does. Even with the Muslims, it’s temporary,” she said. “Maybe he needs to say it in a softer way. He doesn’t go after religions. He feels like we need to know who’s coming to this country. If not, we don’t have a country. That’s how he feels. We see how he is, and he wants to unite the country and bring people together and bring jobs back.”