On Tuesday night, a former advisor and buddy of Melania Trump prompt that she has revealing audio recordings of her conversations with the First Lady. For a President who has seemingly deflected scandals that for some other politician may be deemed deadly, may the prospect of the latest scandal be the one that really prices Donald Trump the presidency?
Stephanie Winston Wolkoff’s new guide, Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady, was revealed on Tuesday by Gallery Books. The former particular occasions coordinator for Vogue and founding vogue director for the Lincoln Center in NYC, Winston Wolkoff turned mates with Trump in 2003, and within the latest Trump tell-all she supplies a biographical sketch of the First Lady in addition to revealing particulars of her time within the White House. The one-time advisor to the First Lady additionally supplies some salacious particulars concerning the First Lady’s relationship with the President, his kids, and even a few of his insurance policies.
But it’s the prospect that Winston Wolkoff recorded conversations with the First Lady that has the political world abuzz. During an interview with ABC information on August 25th, when requested concerning the contents of her guide, Winston Wolkoff solely submitted that she “can back up everything that’s in the book, 100 percent.” At the time, the writer demurred when requested if she had recorded any conversations with the First Lady. But on Tuesday, Winston Wolkoff instructed MSNBC that tapes do, the truth is exist.
“Melania and the White House had accused me of criminal activity, had publicly shamed and fired me, and made me their scapegoat,” Winston Wolkoff stated to MSNBC host Rachel Maddow. “At that moment in time, that’s when I pressed record. She was no longer my friend and she was willing to let them take me down and she told me herself that is the way it has to be.”
The accusations Winston Wolkoff alludes to narrate to experiences of monetary improprieties associated to President Trump’s 2017 inauguration. The inauguration manufacturing, which drew the eye of federal investigators, paid Winston Wolkoff as an govt producer for the inauguration. Reports questioned the appropriateness of the purported $26 million Winston Wolkoff’s agency, SWW Creative, was paid for its providers. Following the inauguration, Winston Wolkoff turned an advisor to the First Lady, however based mostly on each the contents of the guide in addition to her latest media appearances, it seems that the longtime relationship has greater than soured; it has turn out to be flamable.
The query is, will the prospect of recordings of Melania Trump blow up into a good larger downside for President Trump?
It relies upon.
On one degree, it will appear that the straightforward prospect of recordings of his spouse would pose no actual risk to a President who has been accused of every part from sexual assault to collusion with overseas governments. Despite all the accusations and assertions concerning the impropriety of Donald Trump, he stays standard together with his base and has a really actual likelihood, even perhaps chance, of reelection. Tapes of his spouse talking about probably embarrassing, and even incriminating, subjects would seemingly be mere ripples in a sea of controversy that all the time engulfs the President.
But the timing of the purported “Melania Tapes” additionally comes at a time when the nation is deciding whether or not to reelect the President of elect his rival, Democratic candidate Joe Biden. With the primary ballots with the ability to be mailed in as early as this month, the subsequent 9 weeks will probably be a important interval when even these voters who are likely to tune out politics begin paying consideration. The potential drop of unveiling audio recordings that embarrass the President and the First Lady (at the very best), or incriminate them in wrongdoing (on the worst), might be a distraction that the Trump marketing campaign can not afford.
Without a doubt, the President’s supporters will dismiss Winston Wolkoff, very similar to Melania Trump’s Chief of Staff, Stephanie Grisham, already has. In a press release to ABC on August 31, Grisham remarked:
“Anybody who secretly tapes their self-described best friend is by definition, dishonest. The book is full of mistruths and paranoia, and clearly based on some imagined need for revenge.”
Perhaps. Yet even with out evaluating Winston Wolkoff’s motives, one factor is obvious. The fixed throwing of sticks and stones has not damaged any of President Trump’s political bones – no less than not but. But audio tapes are a special story, and we may be originally of a giant one that would deliver down a President.
And that’s motive sufficient to hear in.