Melania Trumps spokeswoman spars with Ellen producer on Twitter
- Melania Trump's spokeswoman sparred with an "Ellen Degeneres Show" producer Tuesday morning on Twitter and invited him to a White House anti-bullying event.
- Spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham tweeted a Breitbart article that took issue with producer Andy Lassner's tweets about the first lady, spurring a biting exchange.
- Grisham has ramped up her Twitter defenses of the first lady amid recent controversies, which she has often brushed off as sensationalism from the media.
First lady Melania Trump's spokeswoman sparred with a producer for "The Ellen Degeneres Show" Tuesday morning on Twitter.
Spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham tweeted a Breitbart article that took issue with a Monday tweet from producer Andy Lassner that said he is "more afraid of another Melania" coming to the US border than the 7,000 Central American migrants traveling in a caravan headed to the US-Mexico border.
In addition to the article link, Grisham referenced a White House event set for Tuesday afternoon for which Trump is "hosting children at the White House … to talk to them about kindess." She asked Lassner, "should I save you a seat?"
The White House announced on Monday that the first lady would be hosting 30 sixth-grade students for a 3 p.m. screening of the movie "Wonder" in celebration of National Bullying Prevention Month and to show "the importance of choosing kindness."
Lassner hit back soon after Grisham's tweet to not only accept her invitation but also reference past Trump administration controversies.
Lassner's mention of President Donald Trump's expressed doubt to whether former President Barack Obama was born in the United States and of a jacket the first lady wore to visit detained immigrant children that said, "I really don't care, do U?" prompted Grisham to tell him to "check your facts before you get here" and that she would be "happy to brief you upon arrival."
The producer's latest reply included in which Trump pushed her husband's questions about Obama's birthplace and blamed "the media" for focusing on the issue.
Then, comedian Kathy Griffin waded into the debate, asking Grisham how Lassner's facts were wrong. The first lady's spokeswoman stopped replying to the thread.
Grisham has ramped up her vocal defenses of the first lady after recent controversies, including furor over a hat she wore during her tour of African countries that many took as an offensive symbol of colonialism.
For her part, Trump has said negative media coverage makes her "the most bullied person in the world."
In a statement to INSIDER about the incident, Grisham said Trump is "working to help children all over the world through her Be Best initiative," which focuses on childhood well-being, social media use, and opioid abuse.
She continued: "The people who consistently attack her — the left-wing media and Hollywood elites — could be so effective in helping to spread her message of kindness, but instead they choose to attack her because of politics.
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