Melania Trump naked pictures row 'may help Donald Trump win LGBTQ and single white male vote
n adviser for the Donald Trump campaign has stated that nude pictures of Melania Trump, published this week in America, are "nothing to be embarrassed about" while a conservative commentator claimed they would help the Republican nominee attract votes.
The New York Post on Monday published a front-page picture of the 46-year-old Slovenian-born Mrs Trump naked with the headline "Menage a Trump", prompting accusations of misogyny.
On Sunday, the paper ran a front-page picture of a nude Mrs Trump, with stars covering her breasts, under the title "The Ogle Office".
“These were photos that are 20 years old, before Mrs Trump met Mr Trump,” Jason Miller, a senior Trump adviser, told CNN. “They’re a celebration of the human body as art.”
Monday's New York Post, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch, showed a nude Mrs Trump, who will become the next First Lady if Mr Trump wins November's presidential election, being hugged by another nude woman as she lies in bed.
Rush Limbaugh, the controversial conservative radio host, suggested that the publication of the pictures could help her husband win over gay and lesbian voters.
“Have you seen The New York Post again with nude photos of Melania Trump?” Limbaugh reportedly asked on air on Monday. "And today these are, what would you call, girl-on-girl I think is the - nude girl-on-girl photos with Melania and other women."
“I think this probably might wrap up the LGBTQ vote for Trump," he said. "You never know how these things are seen. You never know.
“And the single, white male vote, particularly the... college-educated white male vote. Yeah, I mean, isn’t this kind of stuff that makes people big stars today on Twitter and Facebook, TMZ? I mean, this is just the Kardashians in a sense of the subject type stuff. I mean, it’s relatable.”
Both naked pictures were reportedly taken in 1995, before she met Mr Trump when Mrs Trump was 25 and working as a model.
The pictures were published the following year in Max, a now-defunct French magazine.
The New York Post was the first national newspaper to endorse Mr Trump for president in April.
"Trump is now an imperfect messenger carrying a vital message. But he reflects the best of 'New York values'," stated the newspaper, which, with a circulation of more than half a million, is the fourth biggest in New York.