Trump Rages Against E. Jean Carroll, Ignores Melania on Wedding Anniversary

Donald Trump raged against E. Jean Carroll in dozens of social media posts on Monday, though never once publicly mentioned his 19th wedding anniversary to Melania Trump.

The former first lady has recently been out of the spotlight, due in part to the January 9 death of her 78-year-old mother, Amalija Knavs. The former president skipped last Thursday’s court hearing in Manhattan to attend a private family funeral service at The Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea, located in proximity to Mar-a-Lago.

Donald and Melania were married on January 22, 2005, after first meeting in September 1998 while the ex-president was separated from his then ex-wife, Marla Maples, with whom he had a child, Tiffany. Donald proposed to Melania in April 2004 at the Met Gala, and their son, Barron, was born after about one year of marriage.

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Former U.S. President Donald Trump and former First Lady Melania Trump arrive for an event at his Mar-a-Lago home on November 15, 2022, in Palm Beach, Florida. The couple celebrated their 19th wedding anniversary on January 22, but the ex-president spent his social media time attacking sexual assault accuser E. Jean Carroll.
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Trump, the front-runner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, posted about the former Elle columnist 46 times on Truth Social ahead of what was supposed to be Monday’s continuation of the second defamation trial that began last Tuesday and will determine how much Trump owes in damages.

He reposted a Truth Social post by Melania, who expressed her heartfelt appreciation to everyone who reached out and offered their condolences regarding her mother’s passing—though the final president did not post any message mentioning their anniversary.

The trial was postponed, however, due to Trump’s lawyer, Alina Habba, requesting a one-day adjournment from Judge Lewis Kaplan, who is overseeing the trial, due to feeling ill after one or both of her parents were exposed to COVID. One juror also reportedly tested positive for COVID-19, according to NBC News.

The trial is expected to resume Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.

A civil trial that concluded last May found that Trump was liable for sexually abusing and defaming Carroll, who was ultimately rewarded $5 million. The accusation of defamation against Trump follows his denial that he sexually assaulted her at a Bergdorf Goodman department store in the 1990s in New York City. In 2019, he said Carroll was not his “type,” suggesting she made up the allegation. In this lawsuit, Carroll is seeking $10 million in damages.

Trump’s viral attack on Carroll mimics his actions just one week prior. Before the trial even commenced, he used the same Truth Social platform to reach out to his 6.56 million followers to post several videos, interview quotes and past statements made by Carroll regarding sex, male-female relations, and her personal life just as potential trial jurors were gathering inside Kaplan’s courtroom.

Trump, who has on numerous occasions since the second trial began claimed he never met, saw or touched Carroll, again on Monday tried to use Carroll’s old words against her.

One such post referred to Carroll’s claims as a “Monica Lewinsky type gambit” in reference to a purportedly stained dress, adding that he believes Carroll changed her story in the years since the alleged assault took place.

He again posted numerous old posts and images originally published by Carroll on social networks like Facebook and X (formerly Twitter), referencing “big d*** energy” and statements sexual in nature.

Carroll’s attorney, Roberta Kaplan, warned of Trump’s potential antics in the lead-up to the second trial and even requested that Judge Kaplan step in to remedy any purported claims or statements.

Trump is expected to testify at the trial this week.