Melania Trump came to a great America, thanks to Bill Clinton
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But he should get down on his knees and thank God that the former president brought his wife, Melania, to America.

Let me explain.

On Thursday, Melania Trump came out of the deep freeze she's been in since she giving her plagiarized-from-Michelle-Obama speech at the Republican convention in July. Her speech to a group of women in Berwyn, Pennsylvania was full of irony.

Some would say hypocrisy.

Irony is a dish best served warm, so here's my take on Trump's speech the other day.


The obvious bit of irony was her pledge to rid the world of internet bullies. She did not commit herself to forcing her husband to give up his Twitter account. Removing Donald Trump's terrible and terrifying tweets alone would make the internet a much more pleasant place to visit.

(Especially at 3 in the morning. Just ask the former Miss Universe Alicia Machado.)

The less obvious, but more significant piece of irony was her immigrant story. Her arrival in America as an immigrant was ironic enough, given her husband's anti-immigrant rhetoric, but the real irony was her reason for coming to the good old USA in 1996.

In her speech, she mentioned how President Reagan was a "true inspiration" when she was growing up in Slovenia.

But, of course, Bill Clinton was serving as president the year she immigrated to the U.S., and he had made the country great again after his predecessor, George H.W. Bush — Reagan's vice president — had driven the nation into a deep economic recession.

Trump came to live in this country on a work permit and became successful and prosperous, thanks to the vibrant economy that Bill Clinton created.

Now that's real irony for you.

She repeated her husband's oft-used slogan, that he wants to "make America great again." But if she thinks her husband can create a better economy than President Obama, she is

dreaming. On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released a report that showed the nation created 161,000 new jobs in October and significantly increased the earnings of middle class Americans.

The October numbers represented the 73rd straight month of job growth under Obama. So far in his presidency, the incumbent chief executive has created 11 million new jobs. That's 11 million more jobs than George W. Bush created in his two terms. More significantly, income for the average American has increased more than 5 percent in 2015 after years of decline.

Because of the efforts of Democratic presidents, the Trumps enjoy a lavish lifestyle.

After Election Day, the couple will have a lot of time on their hands. Donald and Melania Trump can use that time to send thank-you letters to Presidents Clinton and Obama while they're sipping champagne by the pool.

Bannon is CEO of Bannon Communications Research, which works with progressive groups, labor unions and Democratic candidates. He contributes regularly to two nationally syndicated progressive talk radio shows, "The Leslie Marshall Show" and "The Jeff Santos Show." Bannon is also political analyst for CLTV, the cable news station of the Chicago Tribune and WGN-TV and a senior adviser to and contributing editor for, the social media network for politics.

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