A spokesperson for First Lady Melania Trump is accusing the hosts of The View of disparaging the Slovenian-born wife of the President because of her accent.
Stephanie Grisham, who is chief spokeswoman in the East Wing of the White House, said The View’s hosts were ‘disrespectful and hypocritical’ for ‘mocking someone’s accent.’
Grisham tweeted the criticism in response to a segment on the ABC gabfest in which Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Abby Huntsman, and Sunny Hostin discussed this week’s anonymous op ed inThe New York Times.
The op-ed was written by a ‘senior official’ in the Trump administration who described themselves as part of the internal ‘resistance’ against the President.
The White House reacted angrily to the op-ed, while a number of cabinet officials and senior aides denied that they were the ones who wrote the op-ed.
The First Lady was among those who criticized the op-ed author.
‘Freedom of speech is an important pillar of our nation’s founding principles and a free press is important to our democracy,’ she said in a statement to CNN.
‘The press should be fair, unbiased and responsible.
‘To the writer of the op-ed – you are not protecting this country, you are sabotaging it with your cowardly actions.’
The statement continued: ‘Unidentified sources have become the majority of the voices people hear about in today’s news.
‘People with no names are writing our nation’s history.
‘Words are important, and accusations can lead to severe consequences.
‘If a person is bold enough to accuse people of negative actions, they have a responsibility to publicly stand by their words and people have the right to be able to defend themselves.’
The View’s co-hosts blasted the First Lady, recalling that she plagiarized a speech written by Michelle Obama and that she also supported conspiracy theories suggesting former President Barack Obama was not born in the United States.
Hostin sarcastically read Melania Trump’s statement sarcastically. While it appeared she would mock the First Lady for her Slovenian accent, Goldberg warned her not to do it.
Hostin eventually read the statement without mimicking the accent.
‘I recall that Melania was also a birther,’ Hostin said.
‘Weren’t those words very important?’
Then Behar added: ‘How about, “I really don’t care, do you?” How about those words?’
That was a reference to the First Lady’s jacket which she wore while traveling to meet the detained children of migrants who were separated at the border.
The green jacket had the words ‘I really don’t care, do u?’ emblazoned on the back, prompting criticism from people who said it showed insensitivity to the plight of migrant children.
Grisham has been fighting back quite a bit recently on Twitter against critics of the First Lady.
She slammed Issa Rae, the actress who stars in the HBO hit show Insecure, for saying that the show should be canceled if Melania Trump liked it.