In an excerpt from Grisham's new book, I’ll Take Your Questions Now: What I Saw in The Trump White House — published by Politico on Monday, September 13 — she detailed her conversation with Melania about trying to stop the rioters.
Shortly after MAGA rioters breached the Capitol, Grisham sent the former first lady a text that read: "Do you want to tweet that peaceful protests are the right of every American, but there is no place for lawlessness and violence?" to which Melania allegedly replied: "No."
Instead of dealing with the crisis at hand, the 51-year-old reportedly prepared for a photoshoot with a rug she picked out. At no point did she call off the photoshoot, nor publicly address the troubling events.
The twice impeached president's wife finally condemned the Capitol riot on January 11 while denouncing "salacious gossip, unwarranted personal attacks, and false misleading accusations on me – from people who are looking to be relevant and have an agenda.
"I implore people to stop the violence, never make assumptions based on the color of a person’s skin or use differing political ideologies as a basis for aggression and viciousness," Melania wrote in an essay, while noting she found it "inspiring" to see how passionate people were about the election.
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Grisham — who was serving as Melania's chief of staff at the time — said her response "broke" her, and she reportedly quit her job at the White House hours after sending the text. While she had been loyal to the Trumps for years, Grisham confessed she saw the brunette beauty in a new light after she refused to take a stance.
In the excerpt, Grisham said she began to see Melania as "the doomed French queen" Marie Antoinette, calling her "Dismissive. Defeated. Detached."
Melania has since released a response to Grisham's piece, insisting her "intent behind this book" is to "gain relevance and money at the expense of Mrs. Trump" by betraying her former employers and sharing mistruths.
"It is an attempt to redeem herself after a poor performance as press secretary, failed personal relationships, and unprofessional behavior in the White House," Melania declared.
The book is scheduled to be released on October 6.