After the final presidential debate on Oct. 22, people are examining a moment between President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump. The first lady appears to pull her hand away from the president while he’s holding it.
The moment happened at the end of the debate when the candidates greeted their spouses. Joe Biden also appears to momentarily wave to Trump. But his back was turned and the president didn’t notice. Now media outlets and social media users are debating whether the first lady intentionally pulled her hand away.
Twitter Analyzed The Moment Between The Two
Some Twitter users viewed the exchange as signs of an unhappy marriage behind closed doors. One user compared the Trumps to the Bidens. She wrote, “Trump does not look happy at the end of the debate. Melania walks over and they never hug. Contrast that with @DrBiden Nd @JoeBiden embracing happily. Trump knows he’s done. He lied through the entire debate. He and Melania don’t have affection at all. Weird.”
Meanwhile, other users claimed the president snatched his hand away from the first lady and also shoved her.
Finally, some users believe the exchange has been over-analyzed by both social media users and the media. One user pointed out that the president and first lady held hands prior to the moment.
Melania Trump Expressed Frustration in Leaked Audio Tapes
According to Elle, Melania’s former aide and friend, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, released audiotapes in which the first lady expressed frustration about how she’s viewed in the press. She commented on the separation of migrant children and parents at the Mexican border, which was a topic during the debate.
“They say I’m complicit. I’m the same like him, I support him. I don’t say enough I don’t do enough where I am,” Melania reportedly said. “I’m working my a– off on the Christmas stuff, that you know, who gives a f–k about the Christmas stuff and decorations? But I need to do it, right?”
“Okay, and then I do it and I say that I’m working on Christmas and planning for the Christmas and they said, ‘Oh, what about the children that they were separated?'” Melania reportedly added. “Give me a f–king break. Where they were saying anything when Obama did that?’ I cannot go, I was trying get the kid reunited with the mom. I didn’t have a chance—needs to go through the process and through the law.”