A new #SaveMelania movement is spreading across social media following Melania Trump’s move to the White House as reported in an opinion piece published by the Guardian. It isn’t uncommon to see “Free Melania” signs and posters during protests or to find sympathetic voices across social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. When Melania Trump was photographed with a downcast look on her face, after President Trump’s inauguration, the Internet went wild with theories she was abused. That photo sparked a wave of viral tweets and Facebook posts suggesting Melania was the victim of domestic abuse or violence and though the FLOTUS appeared to live a luxurious lifestyle, was actually trapped in a gilded cage.
Now the #SaveMelania movement has spread once again due to Melania’s White House move and a photo she shared on Instagram that shows her view from inside. While many of Trump’s supporters view Melania and President Trump as the ideal First Family, others suggest they are anything but. They are anxiously awaiting the day President Trump is impeached, and Melania set free to live her life without hindrance. As the Guardian piece noted, there has never been anything factual to suggest that Melania Trump is a victim or in need of saving.
The writer also suggests that the entire #SaveMelania movement comes more from those wishing there was an inside ally in the White House who sympathizes with those who detest President Trump’s reign and political views. However, is this truly who Melania is? Is she forced to stand by her husband’s side or are images of her scowling or slapping away the President’s hand a true depiction of life on the inside with Trump? Though the left and the right continually debate whether Melania is a happily married woman and mother or one of Donald Trump’s victims, one thing is certain — the Internet can be brutal when discussing the first family.
Melania Trump moves into the White House. Someone save her, she's being held hostage and sexually abused! Allegedly. https://t.co/LZT9qoYMYD— johnny manc ???????????? (@JohnCaveney1) June 12, 2017
Barron Trump may have been first to feel the full brunt of just how cruel the Internet can be. With rumors, videos, and memes suggesting he was Autistic to the gruesome image of Kathy Griffin holding Trump’s severed head, reports indicate that Barron Trump has been traumatized by the Internet’s savagery, as reported by TMZ. At 11-years-old and standing approximately 5’11, Barron Trump is seen standing shoulder height to the President who is 6’2. It’s easy at times to forget that Barron is still a child, but the reality is he is. Some of the recent stories that have spread online would be traumatizing to any child. Most people agreed, regardless of political background, that Kathy Griffin crossed a line when depicting President Trump’s bloody, severed head. However, are the #SaveMelania memes just as traumatizing? How about suggesting that Melania Trump wants to be a widow, as was indicated in many photos captured from President Trump’s and Melania’s visit to the Pope.
What do you think about the #SaveMelania movement? Do you believe there is any credence to theories Melania Trump is in an abusive relationship, or do you think people are grasping at straws? Share your comments and opinions below.
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