Last October, Helen Mirren made it clear what she thought of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump, calling him one of the last remaining misogynist “dinosaurs”—and an improperly proportioned one at that. But in a new interview, Mirren—an ardent feminist—takes aim at the women surrounding Trump since he has taken office, who seemingly, she said, have not tried to curtail his reign of terror.
Speaking about First Lady Melania Trump, Mirren told Allure, “You look at old Mel there, and she is one of the most powerful women in the world because she could take him down.”
“She almost did that with the hand,” Mirren continued, referring to the hand-swap seen around the world last May, when Melania appeared to bat her husband’s hand away during their first foreign trip as president and First Lady.
Remarking on her own similarity to the Slovenia-born Melania, Mirren added, “I’m Eastern European, you know; [we’ve] got these dark souls. . . . That dark Slovenian soul is about to come out.”
Mirren was also asked about the president’s daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump, who controversially sat in for Trump during a G20 summit meeting this July and fashions herself as a champion of working women.
“[Ivanka] talks a good game, but there’s no substance,” Mirren said of the First Daughter, whose recent book, Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success, was criticized as out of touch. “Her book is so ignorant about how the majority of women live, talking about ‘Make time for yourself to have a massage.’ Puh-lease.”
Mirren also circled back to Trump himself, opining that the president “just said and did whatever it took to get what he desired. That is quite terrifying, because it means there’s a lack of morality there and a lack of conscientiousness.”
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SOURCE: Vanity Fair, Julie Miller