I think Melania Trump is showing signs of PTSD. Watch the way she flinches and looks uncomfortable when her husband passes her and touches her arm, before she starts to recite the Lord’s Prayer at the Trump rally in Florida last week. Also watch the smug expression on her husband’s face after he passes her.
Melania has admitted she hates the position of being First Lady (because she is apparently an introverted, shy person — and English is not her first language), but I wonder if there is something more going on than just natural reticence and a dislike of being in the public eye. I find it strange that she has rarely been seen in public with Donald, and seems to prefer to remain in New York with Barron, meeting up with her husband only rarely. Whenever she is with him, she looks miserable and scared, and her smile is VERY fake. When he does touch her, she always seems to stiffen, if not outright flinch. She seems either disgusted by, or afraid of him, and possibly both.
There is also this video of Trump and Melania attending a worship service. Melania is either moved by the song (which is very spiritual) or is just feeling sad and miserable, and toward the end she is wiping away tears, but Donald just sits there, with his arms folded, not offering her a hand on the shoulder or a hug or even a word of comfort. He never shows any affection or love toward his wife, and appears to treat her like an object or a prop, just like the extreme narcissist he is.
Most of us also remember that viral video of Melania’s reaction to SOMETHING Trump apparently said to her during the inauguration proceedings (he smile disappears and face falls as if he just broke her soul). This video also shows other evidence of Trump’s and Melania’s body language, that seems to indicate to me she is being abused.
Donald seems to ignore her or walk in front of her whenever they are in public, as if he’s ashamed to be seen with her or just oblivious to her presence. During his inauguration, he just walked ahead of her, and Obama and Michelle had to lead Melania up the steps instead. In contrast, Obama always acknowledges his own wife’s presence and seems to treat her respectfully and affectionately when they are together in public.
Some cynics criticize her for being a gold digger and says she got what she deserved. Personally, I don’t care why she might have married him. Maybe it was for his money, or maybe she really did love him, or maybe she’s a codependent type of person who is attracted to narcissistic men. Donald probably lied to her and swept her off her feet, the same way he is lying to an entire nation and appears to have swept at least some of his supporters off their feet. I feel sorry for Melania. I think she is a quiet, sensitive person who is being slowly destroyed by this man. She’s smart to stay behind in New York with Barron. She needs to leave him. He may not be physically abusive of her (though the flinching makes me suspect he probably is) but he is clearly at least emotionally abusive and she seems miserable. Melania Trump is literally a prisoner in a gilded cage.