Melania Trump Privately Calls Husband's Hush Money Trial a 'Disgrace'

Melania Trump sees husband's criminal trial as "disgrace," may play more active role in supporting his 2024 campaign amid legal challenges.

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Melania Trump Privately Calls Husband's Hush Money Trial a 'Disgrace'

Melania Trump Privately Calls Husband's Hush Money Trial a 'Disgrace'

As former President Donald Trump faces his first criminal trial in Manhattan over alleged hush money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels, his wife Melania Trump has largely been absent from the proceedings. However, sources close to the former First Lady say she shares her husband's view that the trial is unfair and tantamount to election interference.

Melania has privately called the trial "a disgrace" and sees it as a threat to Donald Trump's 2024 presidential campaign, according to a person with direct knowledge of her comments reported by The New York Times. This marks a shift from her previous stance of brushing off the Stormy Daniels case as "his problem."

When reports of the alleged hush money payment first emerged in 2018, Melania was reportedly furious and canceled a trip to Davos, Switzerland with her husband. She has long referred to the scandal as Donald Trump's issue alone to deal with.

The former president is charged with falsifying business records to conceal the $130,000 payment made to Daniels before the 2016 election about their alleged affair. Trump has denied the affair and any wrongdoing.

Why this matters: The criminal trial against Donald Trump , the first for a current or former U.S. president, could have significant implications for his 2024 campaign. Melania Trump's reported view of the proceedings as a "disgrace" and election interference suggests the former First Lady may play a more active role in supporting her husband amid his legal challenges.

While Melania Trump has not appeared in court with her husband, the judge has said she could be a potential witness as the trial continues. Her press secretary Stephanie Grisham previously noted that "she could probably make or break him" when it comes to Donald Trump's candidacy. Despite the ongoing trial, Melania Trump is set to make an appearance at a Mar-a-Lago fundraiser for the Log Cabin Republicans, an LGBTQ conservative group, this weekend.

Key Takeaways

  • Melania Trump sees Trump's criminal trial as "a disgrace" and election interference.
  • Melania has shifted from brushing off the Stormy Daniels case to actively opposing it.
  • Trump is charged with falsifying records to conceal $130K payment to Stormy Daniels.
  • Melania could be a potential witness as the trial continues, impacting Trump's 2024 bid.
  • Melania to attend Mar-a-Lago fundraiser for LGBTQ conservative group this weekend.