Slovenians Stand Up for Melania Trump, Slam Jimmy Kimmel for Mocking First Lady's Accent

In the debate over whether TV host Jimmy Kimmel’s joke about first lady Melania Trump’s Slovenian accent crossed the line, she has people in her hometown, and perhaps all over Slovenia, on her side.

“It’s just not fair,” Maya Kantuzar, a 24-year-old nurse in Sevnica, a town with a population of about 5,000 where Melanija Knavs grew up, told USA Today in a report published Tuesday.

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The comedian on Jimmy Kimmel Live! played footage of Trump reading a book to children at the White House Easter Egg Roll and laughed and mocked her accent, repeating her words, “this and that,” as, “dees and dat.”

Another Sevnica resident, Helena Horjak, 24, told USA Today that “it’s very hard to speak English.”

"Melania's been in the U.S. so long and she still has some problems, but Jimmy Kimmel should come to Slovenia and see how hard it is to speak another language," said Horjak, who works in a meat processing factory producing "First Lady" sausages.

Kantuzar added: “Melania is trying to help everyone. She is doing a really good job for children."

Many people in Sevnica have capitalized on the first lady’s assumed prominence that put the small town on the map, but others wonder why she has not returned in more than a decade, and is apparently reluctant to speak Slovenian.

Kimmel’s joke blew up when Fox News host Sean Hannity defended Trump and fired back that Kimmel is a “despicable disgrace” as well as an “ass clown.” 

The feud ended Monday, when Hannity accepted Kimmel’s apology for jokes that started with Trump’s accent.

But Kimmel did not take back his initial joke. “I will take Sean Hannity at his word that he was genuinely offended by what I believed and still believe to be a harmless and silly aside referencing our First Lady’s accent,” Kimmel wrote.

Kimmel last month called Trump a "Slovenian captive" in her husband's high turnover White House.

Besides Slovenian, Trump speaks English, German, French and Serbian.

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