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Running, hiding, or off down a sinkhole: what the missing Melania conspiracy theories say about us

Imagining the First Lady in hiding, or plotting her escape, allows us to ignore the uncomfortable truth

By Sian Norris  

You’d have to have been on… well, wherever Melania Trump’s been, not to have noticed the First Lady hasn’t been seen for a while.

Nearly a month after going into hospital for emergency kidney surgery, she finally made an appearance yesterday at an event closed to the press.

During her absence from the spotlight, sources told the Hollywood Reporter they hadn’t heard from Melania since she went to hospital. Her absence, and her husband’s odd response to it,…

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