Japan's First Lady Might Have Shaded Trump In The Most Hilarious Way
In this month’s installment of “A Series Of Unfortunate Events In Which Women Are Placed In Close Proximity to Donald Trump..."
A few weeks ago at the G20 summit in Germany, Akie Abe, the First Lady of Japan, was seated next to President Trump. And they didn’t speak for nearly two hours. Not a “hello” or even a “How ‘bout that Kim Jong Un guy?”
On Wednesday, in an extensive and incendiary sit-down interview with The New York Times, Trump explained why: “She’s a terrific woman, but doesn’t speak English…Like, not ‘hello.’”
Oh. Well, that seems like a valid explanation. Except for the fact that Abe most definitely speaks English, as evidenced by this 15-minute speech she once gave. In English:
The video circulated quickly in the wake of the interview, and while we can’t say for certain that Abe let Trump assume she doesn’t speak English, so she wouldn’t have to talk to him, the internet stands by the assertion that nothing in the history of time has ever been more obvious. Or awesome.
Might have to slide First Lady Akie Abe in front of Chancellor Merkel for most shade towards Trump.— Brother Sledge (@SirJJThe1st) July 20, 2017
Though to be fair, this is also a strong possibility:
It's also possible that Trump is so racist and lazy he just assumed she didn't speak English, but the first explanation makes me happier— Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) July 20, 2017
Call it petty, call it shade, call it whatever you want, but Abe’s decision not to chat with Trump was indeed a wise one, considering what happened to the First Lady of France, Brigitte Macron, just days later.
In Paris for Bastille Day celebrations, Trump embraced the First Lady, took a step back, looked her up and down, and said “You’re in such good shape.” He then turned to President Macron and offering him congratulations as well: “She’s in such good physical shape.”
Just…eww. Who would’ve guessed that a surefire way of nurturing global solidarity could come from powerful women being creeped out by President Trump?
Words: Deena Drewis