Melania Trump caused a political whirlwind when her Republican convention speech proved to be identical in parts to Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech. But plagiarism charges are obscuring the real upshot from her appearance. She’s completely manufactured, just like husband Donald Trump.
Trump may not be self-made, but he’s definitely invented and re-invented himself over the years to fit his circumstances.
Tony Schwartz, who ghost wrote the seminal 1987 Trump book, The Art of the Deal, noted in a recent New Yorker interview, that the lasting impression he created was a piece of “fictional non-fiction.”
After spending months and months observing Trump at work, with his family and relaxing at his Mar-a-Largo estate, he came to the conclusion that Trump had no personality.
“He’s a living black hole!” Schwartz said he often complained to his wife.
Trump was merely a creation of who he wanted to be, at any given moment, regardless of his background–the classic makings of a true sociopath.
Trump would regularly exaggerate or outright lie to get the upper hand in a business deal, Schwartz said.
“Lying is second nature to him. More than anyone else I have ever met, Trump has the ability to convince himself that whatever he is saying at any given moment is true, or sort of true, or at least ought to be true.”
In Trump’s carefully controlled world, Melania, his third wife, appears to be manufactured in precisely the same way.
What viewers saw on the GOP convention stage last night was a Stepford Wife, “a compliant, submissive, spineless individual who does her husband’s bidding and serves his every whim,” according to one urban dictionary definition.
The Donald has already defined her role as the new Jacqueline Kennedy, as TheImproper previously reported.
“I would be very traditional, like Betty Ford or Jackie Kennedy,” said Melania.
Sadly, Melania is an interesting individual with a fascinating life story of her own.
She grew up in southeastern Slovenia in what was then part of Communist Yugoslavia. Her father was a loyal party member who managed state-owned car and motorcycle dealerships. They lived a modest middle class existence.
Melania began modeling at 16, and signed with a modeling agency in Milan, Italy, two years later. She worked for fashion houses in Italy and France before relocating to the United States in 1996, according to her official bio.
From there, she worked with some of the biggest photographers in the business, including Helmet Newton. She met Trump during a New York Fashion Week party in 1998. By then she was an internationally acclaimed model.
But none of her life experience or background was reflected in her speech. Instead she read a homogenized version of Michelle Obama’s 2008 Democratic Convention speech.
Was it plagiarized? It hardly matters.
The scandal is in the fact that political hacks and likely The Donald himself manufactured a personality for her. She merely acted out a character, as if she were strutting down a runway, as it were.
But it’s not surprising. Trump is exactly the same. He’s a shape-shifter. What ever the deal requires, that’s who he is. There is no “real” Donald Trump, just this ever metamorphosing individual.
That explains how he can constantly change his position on issues and then swear he never thought differently. He just sloughs off one skin, leaves it behind and grows another.
The one Trump we do know is the one created in the “Art of the Deal.” But we know now that’s a myth. Even the mythmaker who created it doesn’t know Trump.
“I feel a deep sense of remorse that I contributed to presenting Trump in a way that brought him wider attention and made him more appealing than he is,” Schwartz said in his New Yorker interview.
“I genuinely believe that if Trump wins and gets the nuclear codes, there is an excellent possibility it will lead to the end of civilization.”
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