#MelaniaTapes Trends on Twitter After News Segment Airs

by Caroline Bynum
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After an MSNBC interview with Stephanie Winston Wilkoff, author of Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady, Twitter is buzzing about the possibility of hearing what is said in the #MelaniaTapes. In the interview with Rachel Maddow, Winston Wilkoff explains she has gotten a lot of hate from the White House about her decision to record conversations with “a friend.” She agrees, saying “They’re right. If she was my friend, (filming conversations) would be horrible.”

She continues, clarifying that they were not friends. Her ties with Melania and the White House had been completely severed. “Melania and the White House had accused me of criminal activity, had publicly shamed and fired me, and made me their scapegoat,” she says. “At that moment in time, that’s when I pressed record.”

When asked if she plans to release the tapes, Winston admits there is a report coming out and that she has already played the tapes privately to prove the contents of them.

“She turned her back, she did, she folded like a deck of cards and I was shocked when she did it.” Winston says, showing her shock at the first lady’s public ousting and betrayal.

What Is Said In The Tapes?

The tapes are reportedly to do with the possible financial crimes of the 2016 inauguration. The scandal surrounding the inauguration financial reports is due to the record-breaking amount of money the inaugural committee supposedly raised. The Trump administration reportedly spent $107 million, though, in her new book, Wilkoff gives an anecdote in which she claims they may have exceeded the amount reported on federal tax forms by several million dollars. Stephanie Winston Wilkoff’s company was paid $26 million. Rumors began flying afterward, saying that Winston Wilkoff may have pocketed all or most of that money, says MSN. A federal investigation also surrounds the source of donations and the immense amount of money raised. Winston Wilkoff says the tapes clear her name and show the White House’s guilt.