First lady Melania Trump’s spokeswoman attacked rapper T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris, recent music video features a Trump lookalike dancing without clothes in a fake Oval Office.
“Like it or not, she is the first lady and this is the White House,” Stephanie Grisham, Trump’s communications director, told CNN in a statement. “It’s disrespectful and disgusting to portray her this way simply because of politics. These kinds of vulgar attacks only further the divisiveness and bias in our country — it needs to stop.”
T.I stars in the video as himself, seated at a fake Resolute Desk in a setting made to look like the Oval Office. Video footage of President Donald Trump taking off from the White House in Marine One plays, and shortly afterward, a woman enters the “Oval Office.” The woman is wearing only a jacket, which reads: “I really don’t care do u?,” a clear nod to the controversial Zara jacket the first lady wore during a June trip to Texas.
The woman in the video, who has a clear resemblance to Melania Trump, then proceeds to strip off the jacket and dance atop the desk.
On Friday, T.I. tweeted the video with the accompanying statement: “Dear 45, I ain’t Kanye.”
The reference to rapper Kanye West comes on the heels of West’s visit to the White House last week where he elaborated on his support for Trump.
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In response to T.I.’s video debut, Grisham tweeted Saturday from her official Twitter account: “How is this acceptable? #disgusting #boycottT.I.”
Shortly thereafter, Melania Trump’s @FLOTUS account retweeted Grisham’s tweet.