Almost immediately following — or concurrent with — Donald Trump's inauguration, the Save Melania! campaign kicked into gear. Observers noted that the new First Lady seemed to be more miserable than Morrissey in a meatpacking plant.
Evidence mounted. On Inauguration Day, as the Trumps pulled up to the White House for the first time, Trump bounded out of the car without holding the door for his wife, leaving her to trail behind like an attendant carrying the train of his invisible robe (and a Tiffany box, which led to this fun meme). Then right before his inaugural address, Trump turned to her and said or did something that caused her face to collapse as soon as he turned around.
— Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) January 23, 2017
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Although Melania has yet to move to Washington permanently and Trump's daughter Ivanka has been standing in, leading to tension between the two, the first lady has been mostly silent, demure and demurring.
Until last night.
On her verified Twitter account @MelaniaTrump, a Like appeared for a tweet from writer Andy Ostroy, who tweeted the inauguration smiley-frowny gif and remarked: "Seems the only #Wall @realDonaldTrump's built is the one between him and @FLOTUS #Melania #trump".
This was only the second thing Melania had apparently liked since her account's creation (this is her personal account, not the official @FLOTUS account).
Within hours, the Like disappeared. But the screenshots were done.
Response on Twitter ranged from "Oh sh*t" to "Ooooh, girl":
The morning after, there are more questions than answers. Was this legit? Was it an accidental or planned message? What other passive-aggression could come? Was Melania's statement that she'd fight cyberbullying as First Lady an ironic swat at her husband?
Time, and apparently Twitter, will tell.