A tweet Tuesday from Melania Trump made it pretty clear that the first lady’s spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, will take over as White House press secretary once Sarah Sanders officially steps down at the end of the month.
Grisham was the odds-on favorite to succeed Sanders as the chief spokeswoman for President Donald Trump and the White House.
And for good reason too.
She’s been on Trump’s team since 2015, has performed brilliantly as the first lady’s spokeswoman since early 2017 and has a decidedly no-nonsense attitude when it comes to dealing with the predominately liberal Trump-hating establishment media.
One example of this came in March, after the president and first lady traveled to Alabama to pay their respects to the dead and offer condolences to survivors following a devastating and deadly tornado.
Photos from that trip had given rise to an on-again, off-again online conspiracy theory claiming the first lady has a body double.
It’s an absurd conspiracy, but one the co-hosts of ABC’s “The View” gleefully entertained.
“You mean there are two women who have to pretend they’re listening to [President Trump]?”
ABC’s “The View” promotes the conspiracy theory that Melania Trump has a body doublepic.twitter.com/lqPEdrCf7p
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) March 11, 2019
Grisham had the perfect response to that segment.
She tweeted, “.@flotus & @potus traveled to Alabama to pay their respects & comfort victims of the tornado devastation.”
“In typical fashion, @theview chooses to laugh in the face of tragedy. Shameful.”
.@flotus & @potus traveled to Alabama to pay their respects & comfort victims of the tornado devastation. In typical fashion, @theview chooses to laugh in the face of tragedy. Shameful. https://t.co/KzG2c4Th4a
— Stephanie Grisham (@StephGrisham45) March 11, 2019
Grisham more thoroughly excoriated the Trump-hating co-hosts of “The View” in an emailed statement to USA Today.
“I’ve always found it sad that a group of women spend so much time attacking another woman, whose only goal is to help children,” she said.
“Yesterday’s show went beyond the petty, mean-girl spirit that we’ve grown accustomed to,” she added, referring to the show’s tendency to constantly mock and belittle the first lady.
Behar meanwhile, had said in reference to the conspiracy theory about the first lady’s alleged body double, “When there’s a rumor like this, and memes all over the place, I think it catches on because there’s an element of truth to the idea that she doesn’t want to spend time with him.”
The co-hosts ultimately decided after some discussion that the theory was most likely untrue.
Still, co-host Ana Navarro joked that the “political reality is so absurd, you would almost believe anything. I think this is crazy and it’s absurd, but it’s also funny.”
But Grisham didn’t find any it particularly humorous.
“People died, people lost family and people are hurting in Alabama,” she told USA Today.
“I watched the President and First Lady hug, listen to and comfort people who had lost everything. The ladies of The View really should consider devoting that air time to helping people,” she added.
It’s worth noting that this wasn’t the first time Grisham took on the hateful co-hosts of “The View” in defense of the first lady.
Check out this brief September segment from the CBS program “Inside Edition,” which aired after Grisham slammed the “The View” co-hosts as “disrespectful” and “hypocritical” for mocking the first lady’s accent.
Grisham has tangled with the media countless times over the past couple of years, whether it be fending off criticism of the first lady’s attire, attacks against her young son Barron or scurrilous commentary about the first lady’s career history or marriage to the president.
Given her experience, fearlessness and high standards, there is little doubt that Grisham will make an excellent press secretary.
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