Well, Melania Trump Ripped Her Hand Away From Donald Trump's After the Debate

She has done this several times during his presidency.

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First Lady Melania Trump was not into President Donald Trump's attempt to hold her hand as they walked off stage following last night's debate against Democratic nominee Joe Biden. People on Twitter noticed and captured a clip of the moment, featuring Melania forcefully pulling her hand away from her husband's. As several noted, it is not the first time Melania has been filmed refusing to hold Donald's hand or pulling her own away from his:

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Footage of similar incidents went viral and made media headlines (opens in new tab) over the years. There's this one in May 2017 (opens in new tab):

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And this one in February 2018 (opens in new tab) when Melania uses her coat to avoid hand-holding:

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And this one in April 2018 (opens in new tab):

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To this one in August 2020 where Melania refuses the gesture altogether:

Perhaps Melania's biggest controversy this month though has been her remarks in audio secretly recorded by her former aide and friend, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, and released at the beginning of October by Wolkoff.

At one point, Melania speaks about Donald and the criticism she received due to the President's separation of migrant children at the border. She told Wolkoff, "They say I'm complicit. I'm the same like him, I support him. I don't say enough I don't do enough where I am."

Melania added, "I'm working my ass off on the Christmas stuff, that you know, who gives a fuck about the Christmas stuff and decorations? But I need to do it, right?"

Wolkoff confirmed she did, and Melania then said, "Okay, and then I do it and I say that I'm working on Christmas and planning for the Christmas and they said, 'Oh, what about the children that they were separated?' Give me a fucking break. Where they were saying anything when Obama did that?' I cannot go, I was trying get the kid reunited with the mom. I didn't have a chance—needs to go through the process and through the law." (CNN (opens in new tab), by the way, noted that Obama's policy was to only separate children "when authorities had concerns for their well-being" or couldn't confirm a legal guardian.)

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