Melania Trump
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I don’t have anything against Melania Trump and don’t want to see her become collateral damage in the righteous pushback against her husband’s bid for the presidency, but she’s creating a lot of problems that are hard to ignore. Obviously, in Cleveland, she ruined her big introduction to the American people by plagiarizing Michelle Obama’s 2008 convention speech. Then she had to take her personal website down because it falsely claimed that she had obtained a college degree in Slovenia. And, now, it appears likely that she has been lying about the circumstances of her arrival in this country and could have used false pretenses to obtain her visa and then done modeling work she was not legally authorized to do.

Read the article if you are truly interested in all the nuances of U.S. immigration law, but the reason any of it matters is that her husband has been railing about people coming into this country illegally in order to do work that they are not authorized to do. That, back in 1995, Melania was doing a nude girl-on-girl photo shoot in some studio off Union Square instead of picking vegetables somewhere in the Inland Empire heat is a distinction without a difference under the law.

Trump may have literally married an undocumented worker who lied to enter the country under false pretenses and then failed to disclose that lie when later getting a green card and eventually gaining U.S. citizenship.

It’s kind of like Newt Gingrich complaining about Bill Clinton’s trysts with Monica Lewinsky at the very same time that he was cheating on his wife with another congressman’s staffer.

Maybe this is why Trump and Gingrich seem to get along so well.

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Martin Longman is the web editor for the Washington Monthly. See all his writing at