Donald and Melania Trump are by far the most awkward First Couple in history. Whenever they’re pictured together, Melania usually looks like she’s on a first date anxiously awaiting a planned phone call from one of her girlfriends alerting her to a completely fictitious emergency as means of escape.
The fact that Mrs. Trump elected not to even move into the White House with her husband spoke volumes. Unfortunately, in June 2017, she had to bite the proverbial bullet and move in with her actual husband, our actual president. As it’s estimated that the first lady’s travel expenses cost the taxpayers upwards of $675,000 during the first few months of her husband’s presidency, we’re all relieved to have the first couple once again living together. Still, it’s hard not to feel sorry for Melania Trump.
Due to the persistently cringe-inducing photo ops of the president and first lady since Trump took office, one assumes Melania would have been coached within an inch of her life on how not to look like a woman held hostage, but rather a woman in a contended marriage during her husband’s State of the Union address.
But… apparently not.
— Matt Wilstein (@mattwilstein) January 31, 2018
When President Trump made several remarks surrounding the “center” of American democracy, the Republicans erupted as they’re contracted to, but the first lady’s seemingly unmoved reaction to his sentiment sent Twitter users wild with speculation.
When the president said, “In America we know that faith and family, not government and bureaucracy are the center of American life. The motto is: In God we trust,” he received the scripted applause and standing ovations from many congressional members and attendees. But the first lady remained seated.
Joe Navarro, a body language expert and author of What Every Body Is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People, said that Mrs. Trump behaved differently than any other first lady in modern history throughout the address.
Navarro told Huffington Post:
“It was not that she looked stoic, though she often did, it was almost a distant pained look. She almost mechanically stood and applauded, without any form of alacrity. That may speak to some psychological discomfort and emotional pain.”
One imagines being married to Cheetolini does come with its fair share of psychological discomfort and emotional pain.
Melania, if you’re reading this, blink three times if you need help.