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Grisham’s book about the Trump White House is scheduled for release on Oct. 5, but Politico is already gleefully hyping what it calls “a scoopy preview of her forthcoming tell-all.”

What’s in this salacious, supposedly scoopy preview? Politico informs us that the first lady was “preparing for a photo shoot of a rug she had selected” at the White House when the rally at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 went south and that she declined to issue a statement on the riot immediately, instead waiting a few days before flatly condemning it.

However inconsequential a rug photoshoot might seem, it’s exactly the kind of thing that first ladies do. And unless you’re jumping to the conclusion that Melania had advanced knowledge that the rally would get out of control, it says absolutely nothing negative about her that she would be continuing her duties as the first lady that particular day.

Similarly, the fact that she withheld from commenting on social media about the events at the Capitol within minutes of their beginning suggests more cool-headedness than it does evil. “At 1:25 p.m. on Jan. 6, soon after rioters had broken through barricades outside of the Capitol, Melania Trump received a text message from her then-chief of staff, Stephanie Grisham,” Politico narrated dramatically.

“’Do you want to tweet that peaceful protests are the right of every American, but there is no place for lawlessness and violence?’ Grisham asked the first lady. A minute later, Melania replied with a one-word answer: ‘No.’”

The former first lady did condemn the riot in no uncertain terms on Jan. 11, a detail Politico fails to mention. The outlet quoted the part of her statement that said she was “disappointed and disheartened” but failed to reference the part where she stated, “Make no mistake about it, I

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