When Melania Trump said that she was staying put in New York after her husband’s inauguration I was curious about what that said about their marriage. And then the astute Tony Perram suggested the following whimsical narrative:
On December 10, 1936, King Edward VIII submitted his abdication, which was accepted by Parliament the next day. He had been told he could not marry the twice-divorced American woman, Mrs. Wallace Simpson, and remain monarch.
As we approach the 80th anniversary of Edward’s romantic and heart-felt (and cowardly) resignation, his words ring in our ears: “You must believe me when I tell you that I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility and to discharge my duties as King as I would wish to do without the help and support of the woman I love.”
Melania Trump’s being foreign born will not keep her from becoming First Lady. But she will not join her husband in the White House because she has chosen to remain in the tower with their son Barron.
On December 11, 2016, I hope Trump tweet the following: “You must believe me when I tell you that I have found it impossible to carry this HUGE burden of responsibility without the help and support of the woman I love. I will continue to tweet, however, if that is enough for the American People – and it might well be enough, given how I was elected by mandate.”
This is a romantic fantasy, despite some phrasing less elegant than Edward’s well-chosen words, that sadly is more unrealistic than many of Trump’s statements over the past 16 months.