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Chelsea Handler claims First Lady Melania Trump ‘can barely speak English’

The Independent logo The Independent 26/01/2017 Maya Oppenheim
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Chelsea Handler has said she is not interested in interviewing Melania Trump because she thinks the First Lady can “barely speak English”.

The outspoken comedian, who was a vocal Hillary Clinton supporter, insisted she would never have either Donald Trump or his wife on her Netflix show Chelsea. She said she had zero respect for either of them.

Handler made her views about President particularly clear, saying he was “the grossest” and if she met him, she would immediately tell him to “f**k off”.

Melania Trump © Jamie McCarthy/WireImage/Getty Images Melania Trump

“No. Melania? To talk about what? She can barely speak English!,” she told Variety in a filmed interview after leading the Women’s March at Sundance Film Festival.

Of course Handler is a comedian so she may be joking. For the record, Ms Trump is multilingual and can speak English, Slovenian, French, Italian, German, and Slovene.

This is by no means the first time Handler has taken aim at the First Lady. She poked fun at her accent several times during the presidential campaign.

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“Trump said Melania will give two or three more speeches… Hopefully an interpreter will be present,” she quipped in October.

“Sounds like he learned how to say China from Melania. #debate,” she also joked.

When asked about what she thought about her as the First Lady in the interview after leading the Women’s March at Sundance Film Festival, she snapped back: “Exactly what I think about him as the First Man - nothing I don’t respect either one of those people.”

“Gross. He is the grossest," she said of Mr Trump. "Physically, emotionally, mentally. Those statues they made of him were accurate. I bet you that is what he looks like naked with a little grape in between his legs.” She said racism was the single issue which most concerned her under a Trump administration and planned parenthood was one of the issues which most worried her as a woman.

“Planned parenthood no one has any right to tell us what to do with our bodies. Get off your religious bullshit soap box. I am my own person no man gets to tell me what to do with my body, no-one, not your husband not your politician.”

Handler explained she was going to register as an independent because she does not think the two-party system is working. A representative for Chandler did not immediately respond to request for comment.

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