In the weeks after the 2005 “Access Hollywood” video emerged in which GOP nominee Donald Trump was heard talking cavalierly about sexually assaulting women, his campaign has seemingly launched itself into crisis mode. So far they've dismissed the notion that he has actually assaulted women and denied that he had ever sexually assaulted the series of women who have have stepped forward to accuse the GOP candidate of harassment.
Trump's wife, Melania had seemed to drop off the radar as her husband and team attempted to stop talk of the allegations suggesting they were all part of a "rigged election." Monday she emerged to take the offensive for her husband in an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper. While most of the interview centered on the accusations of sexual misconduct and the indications brought about from the Access Hollywood tape that her husband had in fact been sexually inappropriate with women, Melania also used the interview to show solidarity with her husband's opinion that election is rigged.
As of late, the "rigged election" theory has become a common term on Trump's campaign trail along with claims that "Voter fraud is very, very common." Just last night, the GOP candidate claimed that even academic studies have reported evidence of voter fraud from "illegal immigrants." The studies he pointed to however, have not stated anything even close to this. Now his team including Melania are lighting up the same hazardous pile of lumber that is putting trust in the country's Democratic system in jeopardy.
In the interview, Cooper addressed the issue. "Your husband is saying that he believes the election is rigged, that there are forces trying to rig it, do you feel that as well?" he asked
"Well I see it how the media is portraying. I see how they’re reporting, and how they say what they want to say and what they don’t want to say. For example, he makes a speech 45 minutes long, they take a sentence out, and they’re going on and on and on about that sentence. Nothing else."
Melania went on to say that Donald talks about real issues, but said that the media doesn't cover him when he does so. "That’s what American people want to hear. It’s about issues, about jobs, about the future of our country, and that’s what he wants to do," she said. According to her and her husband the media has solely narrowed in on the offensive one-liners he spouts off in speeches packed with greater messages.
Throughout the rest of the interview Melania criticized the news media for its fixed timing of the release of the tapes "Why now, why after so many years? Why three weeks before the election?" she asked Cooper, but quickly answered the question herself.
"It was the media. It was NBC, it was Access Hollywood. It was left wing — left wing media. You could see that and the way it comes out, everything was organized. Every Friday, every Friday something comes out. So they play, they play, they play. And it was hour after hour. I watched TV, it was hour after hour. Because they want to influence the American people how to vote, and they're influencing in the wrong way."
The accusations are becoming problematic in an election where voters' trust is already low and waning. In an attempt at self-preservation during his rapidly spiraling out of control campaign, Trump's claim that the media and political officials are in cahoots against him is wildly problematic.