Did Melania Mock Trump's Hot Mic Hullabaloo With Her Debate Outfit?
Melania Trump was among her husband's supporters in attendance at Sunday's face-off between presidential hopefuls, the first since a 2005 tape of Donald Trump's lewd comments about women was unearthed.
Prominent Republicans began to jump ship en masse Friday following the Washington Post's damning report on the recording, in which Trump says his stardom allows him to grab any woman he wants "by the p****," and many have warned it may have derailed the billionaire's entire campaign.
But at the St. Louis debate, potential First Lady Melania Trump did not seem to be sweating the controversy. In fact, she looked cool as a cucumber in a $1,100 pink Gucci "pussy-bow" style blouse.
Was the former model making a dig at the hot mic hullabaloo or simply being fashion forward?
Google Images shows the Slovenian-born 46-year-old wearing fuchsia dresses quite frequently, though no other instance of her wearing a "pussy-bow" shirt could immediately be found.
However, online high-end retailer Net-A-Porter describes it as "one of Gucci's signature silhouettes."
"New for Pre-Fall '16, this fuchsia style is cut from silk crepe de chine for a languid drape. We think it's a chic way to elevate office or weekend looks," the site's description of the shirt reads.
However Melania Trump feels about the controversy, it became the biggest story of the weekend—and perhaps even of the 2016 election season—after the recording emerged Friday.
In it, Trump chats with then Access Hollywood personality Billy Bush about a time he tried and failed to make a pass at a woman widely believed to have been Entertainment Tonight co-host Nancy O'Dell.
"I did try and f*** her. She was married,” Trump is heard saying. "And I moved on her very heavily. In fact, I took her out furniture shopping. She wanted to get some furniture. I said, ‘I’ll show you where they have some nice furniture.’"
Billy Bush, first cousin of George W. and Jeb Bush, has been suspended indefinitely by NBC in the wake of the controversy.
In a statement, Trump responded: "This was locker room banter, a private conversation that took place many years ago. Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course - not even close. I apologize if anyone was offended."