Yes, the First Lady really said this.
Fun fact: when Julia Ioffe wrote a profile of Melania Trump in GQ, she was subsequently bombarded with anti-Semitic garbage like this after Melania Trump published a note on Facebook pushing back against Ioffe's reporting.
The harassment from Melania's fans was so bad that Ioffe felt the need to file a report with the Washington D.C. police department. Melania's response in an interview with DuJour magazine was anything but sympathetic. Per DuJour:
I can't help but wonder what kind of hate speech her supporters might unleash on me for asking a few pointed questions. Of the GQ article, Melania says: “I have thick skin. It doesn't bother me if they write about me because I know who I am. But what right does the reporter have to go and dig in court in Slovenia in 1960 about my parents? They're private citizens. If they go after me, it's different. But to do that, it's a little bit nasty, it's a little bit mean.” So if people put a swastika on my face once this article comes out, will she denounce them?
“I don't control my fans,” Melania says, “but I don't agree with what they're doing. I understand what you mean, but there are people out there who maybe went too far. She provoked them.”
“She provoked them.”
“I could say that I'm the most bullied person in the world.”
I don't really have much else to say on this infuriating topic, so I'll just leave you with this perfect tweet from MSNBC's Chris Hayes.
Jacob Weindling is a staff writer for Paste politics. Follow him on Twitter at @Jakeweindling.