In an interview with DuJour magazine, Melania Trump perfects the art of speaking out of both sides of her mouth. She was pressed by reporter Mickey Rapkin on the fate that befell reporter Julia Ioffe, who wrote an extensive profile of Trump in a recent edition of GQ. In her piece, Ioffe dug up some interesting tidbits about Trump’s family in her native Slovenia, especially a half-brother whose existence hadn’t been reported.

After Trump posted a pushback note on Facebook, Ioffe was targeted by an anti-Semitic hate site and then subjected to all manner of threats on social media.

Asked about all this by DuJour, Melania Trump gave the self-contradictory explanation that her defenders overreacted but were provoked:

Of the GQ article, Melania says: “I have thick skin. It doesn’t bother me if they write about me because I know who I am. But what right does the reporter have to go and dig in court in Slovenia in 1960 about my parents? They’re private citizens. If they go after me, it’s different. But to do that, it’s a little bit nasty, it’s a little bit mean.” So if people put a swastika on my face once this article comes out, will she denounce them?
“I don’t control my fans,” Melania says, “but I don’t agree with what they’re doing. I understand what you mean, but there are people out there who maybe went too far. She provoked them.”

A logician might have trouble squaring those sentiments, but in Trump world consistency and coherency are overrated. Blame everyone, including a reporter doing her job.

Melania Trump, the wife of billionaire Republican White House hopeful Donald Trump, made a brief and rare campaign speech for her husband in Milwaukee. (Reuters)