Melania Tapes

Mistakenly turned on CNN and saw them doing PR for Melania Trump. I never thought I could like her (it’s an Eastern European thing) but now I kind of do.

The funniest part was a CNN host pretending to be scandalized over “lack of respect for Christmas.”

I don’t think Melania could have bought such great PR for any amount of money.

42 thoughts on “Melania Tapes”

  1. You should have stayed tuned in. That CNN segment was followed by an entire hour of interviewing Trump’s niece, who’s published a book telling the world what a bastard her uncle is.

    Over on MSNBC, host Chris Hayes was asking viewers: “Can you believe some people are voting for Trump because they’re actually more concerned about “their family’s finances” (the economy), and “their homes” (property values in their neighborhood), and “which schools their children are allowed to attend” — than they are about racism?

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  2. Ah, Clarissa, is your television turned on?

    Trump and Melania have both tested positive for COVID-19. It’s on all the channels.

    This overheated election melodrama is about to get a lot more interesting very quickly!

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    1. “Trump and Melania have both tested positive for COVID-19. It’s on all the channels.”

      Has he made Biden ill too during the debate? They were shouting at each other without masks, after all. Poor Joe. 😦

      Oct. 7 won’t happen, and imo Oct. 15 ‘s debate won’t either.

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            1. Does it though? Do you really think there are people who would’ve voted for him otherwise that are not going to vote for him because he caught ‘rona (so he says)?

              It’s like the leaked tape from Melania’s hanger-on in which she declares her hatred of Christmas (ornaments and decorations) and children. She’s not really saying anything we don’t already know.

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              1. Joe Biden has to quarantine now. Fake positive test or not, Joe was just getting out there. I don’t think they were social distancing at the debate. And you know Joe is older than Trump, right? Plus, his side actually thinks coronavirus is a mortal danger. Kamala Harris is a member of the Senate. She tested negative, they say. What’s going on (the only thing going on) in the Senate now?

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              2. Hatred of Christmas and children, eh?

                It’s very sad what TDS does to people.

                I’m definitely not voting for Biden but that doesn’t cloud my judgment to the point where I’d convince myself that he hates furry bunnies and Easter.

                Why is it impossible to be opposed to Trump and stay sane?

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  4. Hatred of Christmas and children, eh?

    It’s very sad what TDS does to people.

    I heard the tape. There are people that would conflate hatred of Christmas ornaments and decorations with hating Christmas and as for what she said about children? Perfectly consistent with her choice of jacket on her visit to a camp.

    Trump didn’t make her signal any of that, that was her own doing.

    I would feel sorrier for her apparent lack of friends instead of lackeys and hanger ons looking for their next dollar. That’s sad. She feels very persecuted, I’m sure.

    Maybe she’ll cure people of wanting a First Lady to play symbolic mommy and homemaker with ’causes’ to keep her busy.

    But:
    I really don’t care, do u?

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    1. I care that people have so lost touch with reality that they hear hatred of children and Christmas on that tape. That’s the saddest part of all this for me.

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    2. “Maybe she’ll cure people of wanting a First Lady to play symbolic mommy and homemaker with ’causes’””

      I agree that the first lady role in the US is a little silly (and can’t be fun) but on the other hand political systems are delicate things and you start messing with something that seems silly and trivial and you could well end up effecting changes that nobody wants or could have foreseen…

      I remember the book ‘The innocent anthropologist’ by Nigel Barley, one thing that really stuck with me was how he viewed western civilization before and after fieldwork in Northern Cameroon… before he thought of it as an invincible and oppressive force and afterward he thought of it as a rare and precious and delicate undertaking.

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    3. If you listen to the line about children in context, it’s clear she’s not shit talking kids, but rather political hypocrisy:

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      1. It’s useless. People have decided that they need to believe she hates Christmas and kids, so they will believe it no matter what.

        By the way, talking about cultural sensitivity and love for immigrants, Christmas absolutely means something very different to people who grew up where Melania did. All of this beautiful insanity of Christmas decorations is incomprehensible to us. And even those of us who are very religious make fun of it. It’s a cultural thing. Not everybody was fortunate to grow up surrounded by images of lavish Christmas decor.

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        1. But Melania is a woman and women have to love decorating and children. Except if it’s Amy Coney Barrett, then it’s not so good when she loves children. And also, if it’s any Jane Doe then she should forget about the children and focus on her career and forget decorating as it takes away her attention from the important things. I hope this is clear now.

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  5. I’m impressed with the hard work it took to avoid learning the correct past participle of “to teach” after living in this country for as many years as she has.

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      1. Do you speak Russian at home? I believe the majority of Melania’s communication is in her native language. That’s why her accent is so thick and the sentences sound like sing-song. When she is stressed out, it’s even more pronounced.

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          1. I know that you can’t get rid of an accent if you started learning a language as an adult, but you get more attuned to the nuances the more you speak it. I also have an accent. When I first came to the US, I thought I will be able to get rid of it and took all kinds of classes in accent reduction. I don’t think they helped much even though they taught me all kinds of techniques. But when I compare my recordings from 20 years ago to today, it’s heaven and earth. I don’t get to speak my native language more than once a week though.

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            1. I believe this is highly individual – some people will naturally have a better ear for languages than others and will be able to get rid of their accent (or acquire a new accent) to a greater degree. It will also depend on how different your native language is from your new language.

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              1. I don’t know anybody who is an immigrant from a non-English-speaking country and who came here past the age of 12 and doesn’t have an accent. I learned Spanish at 23 and I have no accent. English I’ve spoken my whole life and I still have a noticeable accent. It always confuses students who don’t understand how I can be teaching then to write well in English if I speak with an accent. I have a vocabulary in English that’s larger than that of 99,9% of native speakers doesn’t register.

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            2. My husband has been working on accent reduction for years. But he doesn’t speak with any native speakers other than our kid.

              She often corrects our pronunciation. It’s hilarious. We keep laughing that we made a little American baby. It’s so funny. We grew up in the USSR. If anybody had told us our kid would be an American… Wow. Life surely is something else.

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          2. Unless you move to your new country as a child (before the age of 12 or so), it is nearly impossible to get rid of an accent. My primary mode of communication has been in English for the past 20 years, and I still get asked where I am from because of my accent. Perhaps if one spent a lot of money on a speech pathologist and a lot of time practicing, it may be possible to pass for a native speaker. I find it rather ridiculous for people who fight for the rights of oppressed immigrants to make fun of Melania for the way she speaks. Perhaps these people are not very serious about immigrant rights after all. Moreover, I have noticed that certain accents are more acceptable to an average American than others. The British accent is awesome, French is endearing, German is fine, but if you have a Slavic or Chinese accent you better not open your mouth.

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            1. Don’t even start me on the “pro-immigration” people. I think they only like the immigrants who know their place: working for hunger wages and nodding ‘yes’ to whatever they say. And I will never understand the hypocrisy of raising the minimal wage while flooding the job market with dirt chip labor.

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            2. eh, accent bias isn’t universal. I think it depends a lot on the people you’ve met or talked to. I now have a horrible knee-jerk reaction to some of the more common Indian accents, because of telephone scammers. But everyone else… I’m fascinated. And since I’ve put a lot of effort into learning other languages as an adult, and failed… also kind of in awe of all the people who’ve managed to become competent in English as adults.

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            3. Regarding accents, respectfully, evidence is emerging that anyone learning a new language can avoid developing an accent (possibly in whole but definitely in part) by listening to the language being spoken and learning the sounds of that language before attempting to pronounce a single thing.

              In other words, it seems that accents largely arise from people being impatient, who try to pronounce words in the new language using sounds, pace etc from their original one. So, as they learn more and more of the new language, they “listen” to their own mispronounciations in their minds, learn them, and make them permanent.

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              1. There’s also such a thing as an articulation apparatus. If yours developed in a way that doesn’t allow for certain sounds, there’s nothing you can do.

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              2. Yes, that was explained to me by a teacher who specialises in that kind of thing. I’ve never really thought about the implications tbh, which now has me wondering how labile it is. If you have the answer, I’d like to know.

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              3. It’s so true! For my Viet friends, an English R is well nigh impossible. The closest thing in tieng viet (at least in their region) is more like “zhr”. There are some work-arounds that let some of them overcome things like not being able to say two consonants in a row (sl, st, cl, pl, ft…), or not being able to end a word with “D”. And it’s not that hard to teach a fricative “th” (in viet writing, “th” is an aspirated T). But that R… nope.

                Meanwhile, when I try to speak Viet, I get hung up on the tripthongs. They string three vowels together and pronounce ALL of them, but I can’t even hear it properly. They had lots of hilarious fun trying to teach me to say “xoài” (mango). Small children were collapsing with laughter. Then they taught me a card game and won all my pocket change. Good times.

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    1. I don’t approve of people saying it. But I really REALLY don’t approve of a company that says it’s not a publisher bit just a platform of censoring them.

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      1. They’ve finally realized that letting their comrades say every nasty thing that pops into their fevered brains is actually bad for winning votes. Too little, too late, I think. Not coincidentally, I hear Mewe and Parler saw a gigantic influx of new users this week, fleeing FB and Twitter.

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  6. One of the reasons that people are talking about Melania’s supposed hatred of Christmas is because for years Fox News and conservatives have accused the Democrats of waging a “war on Christmas.” Some on the right have also claimed that liberals want to “ban” the phrase “Merry Christmas.”

    So this a story only because of the hypocrisy surrounding Republicans’ hyperbolic allegations that Dems hate Christmas. If Michelle Obama had said what Melania did, Fox News and Republicans would be up in arms about it and probably even call her anti-American (again).

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