MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace wondered this week if Melania and Ivanka Trump were “numb, dead inside or paid off,” given their resounding silence in the wake of Rudy Giuliani’s comments denigrating Stormy Daniels and hailing “beautiful” and “classy” women.
President Donald Trump’s personal attorney made the comment at a conference in Israel on Wednesday as he attacked the credibility of Daniels, an adult film star who allegedly had an affair with Donald Trump shortly after his wife, Melania, gave birth to their son. Trump later shrugged off the comments, saying simply, “Rudy is Rudy,” and describing his lawyer as “great.”
Giuliani referred to Trump’s wives as “beautiful, classy women, women of great substance,” but said he could not respect a woman who “sells her body for sexual exploitation,” referring to Daniels, Giuliani told a Tel Aviv audience.
Wallace asked a panel on “Deadline: White House” on Thursday about Melania’s and Ivanka Trump’s silence in the wake of the shocking comments and the president’s apparent support of them. “Are they just the most stoic human beings? Are they numb, are they dead inside, are they paid off? I mean, what’s their deal?” she wondered.
Vanity Fair reporter Emily Jane Fox responded: “Yes, yes and yes. But I think they do not see President Trump the way that all of us see President Trump. They have such a distorted image of who he is that they don’t have the kind of reaction that we do. It’s almost some sort of trick or spell he has on them.” She called first daughter Ivanka Trump the “most masterful compartmentalizer that America has maybe ever seen.”
Fox indicated that Giuliani’s comments weren’t a bit surprising, saying this his client Trump has “incredibly sexist” views. She listed Trump’s well-known insults about women, including calling them “dogs” and “pigs,” and boasting about grabbing women by their genitals.
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- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.