Monday, May 27, 2024

UPDATE: Melania Trump Speechwriter Meredith McIver is Real, I Went to Her House, Met Her Sister



UPDATE AUG 8TH: Meredith McIver’s Twitter account has been suspended. This has led to all kinds of speculation that she doesn’t exist. But she does. And the “tenant” I met back on July 20th was her sister, Karen, who lives in the house in Westport.  I know it’s a better story if Meredith were made up, but she’s real. Her sister was very nice, except for not telling me she was her sister.

July 20th: I have verified the existence of Meredith McIver, author of Melania Trump’s purloined speech. This afternoon Web snarkers questioned whether McIver was real. What a great story that would have been. TRUMP INVENTS SPEECH WRITER.

Alas she’s real. I drove over to a house she owns in Westport Connecticut and spoke to her tenant. McIver lives in New York. She works for Donald Trump, the tenant told me. That’s the story.

Of course it could be an elaborate hoax. And if it is, god bless the people who thought it up. It’s a good one.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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