Melania Trump refused to condemn Capitol rioters, book says
Melania Trump declined her chief of staff’s suggestion she condemn rioters who attacked the US Capitol on 6 January, according to a new book by the spurned aid who also says the former first lady believed her husband’s lie that his defeat by Joe Biden was the result of electoral fraud.
According to Politico, reporting the first details of the hotly anticipated book, I’ll Take Your Questions Now: What I Saw in The Trump White House, Stephanie Grisham also compares Melania Trump to Marie Antoinette.
The first lady was like “the doomed French queen”, Grisham reportedly writes. “Dismissive. Defeated. Detached.”
Politico reported that on 6 January, as Trump supporters attempted to violently overturn the election, Grisham texted Melania Trump: “Do you want to tweet that peaceful protests are the right of every American, but there is no place for lawlessness and violence?”
A minute later, “Melania replied with a one-word answer: ‘No.’”
The cloud-based software giant Salesforce is offering to help relocate employees out of Texas following the state’s enactment of its extreme new abortion law.
Referring to the “incredibly personal issues” that the law creates, a message to the company’s entire workforce sent late on Friday said any employee and their family wishing to move elsewhere would receive assistance.
“Ohana if you want to move we’ll help you exit TX. Your choice,” the Salesforce chief executive, Marc Benioff, said in a tweet featuring a CNBC article about the offer, and using a term common in Hawaii for “family”.
In its message to workers, Salesforce, which is headquartered in California, did not directly mention Texas, where about 2,000 of its 56,000 global workers are based, or take a stance on the law. But its intention was clear.
“These are incredibly personal issues that directly impact many of us – especially women,” it said.
Supreme court justice Amy Coney Barrett spoke on Sunday at the McConnell Center at the University of Louisville, a venue created by and named for Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader in the Senate.
In 2016, McConnell ruthlessly blocked Barack Obama’s final pick for the court, Merrick Garland, claiming it was too close to an election and the next president should decide.
Between 2017 and 2020, McConnell shepherded through three picks made by Donald Trump. Barrett was the last – in place of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a heroine to US liberals – shortly before an election Trump lost.
McConnell, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported, praised Barrett for not trying to “legislate from the bench” and for being from “Middle America”. Barrett is from Indiana and, unlike the other eight justices, did not attend Harvard or Yale.