You’re either looking at this picture and wondering who in the hell thought it was a good idea to put Melania Trump in a dress that would inevitably get green screened to death on social media, or you’re wondering who that blurry blonde figure is. That would be Ivanka Trump, and the reason the camera can’t seem to focus on her is because she was walking at a speed I like to call, “Ignoring My Step-Mother MPH.”
As promised, another one of Donald Trump’s kids gave a speech at the final night of the Republican National Convention. And much like when Donald Trump Jr. took to the mic, it trended on Twitter for all the wrong reasons. Except, in this case, the focus wasn’t about what might have happened backstage, but what happened directly on the stage. Ivanka introduced her father and Melania, and after they made it to the stage, that’s when Ivanka and Melania unintentionally dropped several thousand lit matches on the ongoing rumor that they absolutely hate each other. Ivanka could barely sum up the energy to acknowledge Melania’s presence, unless you count breathing the same air as an acknowledgment. Melania, however, wasn’t able to act so aloof. The factory default setting on Melania’s face is to look as blank and emotionless as possible. But as you can see, last night she switched it to VERY PISSED.
I see that Melania and Ivanka are getting along juuuuust fine. pic.twitter.com/ktnmRBBG7Q
— TrumpsTaxes (@TrumpsTaxes) August 28, 2020
Ivanka walked past Melania with the confidence of Jessica Lange steamrolling past a desperate-for-acknowledgment Lea Michele (apologies to Jessica Lange for that comparison). Here’s the extended cut of that moment:
— Art Santiago 🇵🇷🇸🇻 (@SantiG08) August 28, 2020
Melania gave Ivanka the kind of look she reserves for her husband, so you know shit must be bad between the First Lady and Melania. When this administration is over, I’m sure we’ll find out all the reasons why Melania and Ivanka hate each other. Until then, we’ve got the upcoming book, Melania & Me, which was written by Melania’s former friend and former adviser Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, and it touches on the Melania vs. Ivanka rivalry. People magazine says that Stephanie and Melania initiated something called, “Operation Block Ivanka,” which was a plot to keep Ivanka out of the best photo-ops at Donald Trump’s inauguration. Melania was pissed because Ivanka treated the whole thing like it was her inauguration.
“It was Donald’s inauguration, not Ivanka’s,” writes Winston Wolkoff, according to the magazine. “But no one was brave enough to tell her that. Melania was not thrilled about Ivanka’s steering the schedule and would not allow it. Neither was she happy to hear that Ivanka insisted on walking in the Pennsylvania Avenue parade with her children.”
“Yes, Operation Block Ivanka was petty,” Winston Wolkoff writes. “Melania was in on this mission. But in our minds, Ivanka shouldn’t have made herself the center of attention in her father’s inauguration.”
When Melania realized that Ivanka, nicknamed “Princess” in the book, wasn’t going to back down, Melania and Stephanie worked to make sure Melania was never standing beside Ivanka in any pictures.
While I appreciate the drama, that story about the inauguration is nearly four years old. Give me some recent dirt. Tell me there was a Love, Actually situation that started when Melania went digging in one of the White House closets around Christmas and found a box with a diamond necklace in it. Then Christmas morning rolls around, and Melania gets a Kid Rock CD. Oh, who am I kidding? There was no miscommunication gift-switch. That necklace totally would have had a tag on it that read: “To My Princess (NOT YOU MELANIA).”