Donald Trump gave
"swearing-in" new meaning when he addressed his wife during the
inauguration on Friday, January 20. Everyone wants to know what Trump said to his wife that caused her face to drop.
Melania, 46, smiled and
nodded in agreement as she and her husband exchanged a not-so-private moment
during the ceremony. But the second he turned his back on her, the former
Slovene-American model's face slowly collapsed, and her eyes fell to the ground
in a dramatic display of anguish.
No matter which side of the
poll you reside, it is impossible to watch this video and deny the distress
that our new First Lady is under.
Though some believe that Melania's facial
regression is part of a greater commitment to (later) absolve her from the
marriage, others argue that her withdrawal is a red flag of an abusive
relationship. Still others thing, "eh, she's not excited about her new role."
Whether you voted for Trump
or not, the trepidation on his wife's face speaks volumes—maybe about the relationship, maybe about the sudden role change, maybe about the direction of the country. Melania's not the only one who's horrified.
It is far too easy to make light of celebrity
misfortune, but where do we draw the line? Emotional abuse is rarely
proven, or even acknowledged, in a court of law. Yet so many women experience it
in their lifetime.
And, though it may not leave visible abrasions on the body,
the severity of internal scarring is permanent. Whether you admire or loathe
our new president makes no difference, but his narcissistic and bullying
approach to life is undeniable and should be taken into consideration when it
comes down to the safety of another human being. Maybe a lot of human beings.