Marla Maples shared a rare message about politics ahead of the State of the Union on Tuesday night.
The 56-year-old has said incredibly little about her ex-husband’s presidency, but ahead of his address to the nation yesterday, she took to Instagram to encourage people to watch with ‘an open heart.’
She included her daughter with the president, Tiffany Trump, in the message, and the 26-year-old later shared it on her own Instagram page.
Departure: Marla Maples shared a rare message about politics ahead of the State of the Union on Tuesday night
Politics aside: The 56-year-old encourages people to watch the State of the Union with ‘an open heart’
‘Anyone who know me or follows me sees that I only choose to speak about love, positivity, and non-judgement… not politics,’ she wrote.
‘I have so many friends I care about with strong opinions on all sides of this political conversations.
‘But tonight is the @SOTU address and all I ask is that you tune in with an open heart, and open mind and just listen.
‘I pray, as my daughter does, that we can leave the judgments of the past aside and just listen, maybe learn something new, and surround our Congress and country with positive energy.
‘We each have the choice to speak into those things we believe in, vote for who we choose and move beyond this painful dissension,’ she concluded.
Family: Her daughter Tiffany attended the address with her boyfriend Michael Boulous
Supporting dad: Tiffany smiled for the camera while Lara Trump recorded a video
Open minds: Tiffany re-shared her mother’s message on her own Instagram page
She finished off with the hashtags #onlyloveheals, #pledgetolisten, #nonjudgement, #beyondpolitics, and #nonpartisan.
Marla shared the image of text on her main Instagram page and also in her stories, and shortly after, Tiffany shared it on her own Instagram stories.
Tiffany attended the State of the Union with her boyfriend Michael Boulos and posed for a family photo with him, Ivanka and Jared, Don Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle, and Eric and Lara.
Marla appears to make a point to avoid discussing politics since her ex-husband launched his 2016 presidential campaign.
When she’s been asked to comment directly in the past, she’s deftly avoided saying much.
‘I pray, as my daughter does, that we can leave the judgments of the past aside and just listen, maybe learn something new, and surround our Congress and country with positive energy,’ Marla wrote ahead of her ex-husband’s speech
On the Today show in December 2018, Al Roker asked her if Trump had ever surprised her with something she’d done.
‘I just think life is about being ready for anything, and I choose not to judge anybody else,’ she said.
‘I choose not to judge anybody else. I don’t want to be judged, so how can I judge another human being? I say to my friends, let’s help lift this world, not bring it down.’
She also confirmed that Trump had thought about getting into politics when they were together from 1993 to 1999.
‘Oh, yes, It’s something we thought about doing in the ’90s, but I knew it would be difficult on the kids, it takes a big toll on kids, and Donny, Ivanka, and Eric were much younger then,’ she said.
Daughter’s dad: Marla, who was with Trump from 1993 to 1999, rarely speaks about her ex-husband and has said incredibly little about his presidency
A long time ago: She and Trump divorced when Tiffany was six
She’d previously commented once on his campaign in March of 2016.
‘It’s been a crazy six months for me,’ she told Us Weekly. ‘I’ve had people constantly coming to me, wanting my opinion about the presidential race and I’ve maintained a lot of privacy.’
Though she keeps mum about politics and her daughter’s father, Marla is quite active on Instagram — but mostly, she shares photos from her travels and her spiritual journey.
Marla regularly posts snaps from European vacations, as well as spiritual words of wisdom, videos from church, and images of her daughter.
More vocal: Trump’s first ex-wife, Ivana, has spoken a bit more about her ex
Trump’s first ex-wife, Ivana, has spoken a bit more about her ex.
While promoting her book in 2017, she told ABC’s Good Morning America that while she has a ‘direct number to the White House,’ she doesn’t usually use it.
‘I don’t really want to call him there because Melania is there, and I don’t want to cause any kind of jealousy or something like that,’ she said while laughing. ‘Because I’m basically first Trump wife, okay? I’m first lady, okay?’
The ‘first lady’ comment led to some drama, and Melania felt compelled to respond and shut it down. Her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, released a statement that Ivana’s claim had ‘no substance.’
‘Mrs. Trump has made the White House a home for Barron and the President. She loves living in Washington, DC and is honored by her role as First Lady of the United States. She plans to use her title and role to help children, not sell books,’ she said.
‘There is clearly no substance to this statement from an ex. Unfortunately only attention seeking and self-serving noise.’
Then, in April of 2018, Ivana told Page Six she didn’t think her ex should run for re-election.
‘I’ll tell you something, I don’t think it’s necessary,’ she said. ‘He has a good life and he has everything. Donald is going to be 74, 73 for the next [election] and maybe he should just go and play golf and enjoy his fortune.’