As a fan of the first lady (one of the few lol) I have to say I find it sad how people try to paint her as some vindictive manipulative woman who only got married to secure her future, pave the way for her political ambition. Yes she does reference how lucrative it would be for her to just out her husband and play the pity card to get elected into some form of office but honestly that doesn’t mean she had planned to use her husband from the beginning of their marriage(how could she possibly even have known how far he’d go at that time)
It hasn’t been revealed why she and Fitz’s marriage broke down but I really think when they got married it was because they loved each other.Yes I said it. Love.
To give up a promising future when she really could have achieved anything she wanted career wise on her own, using her own brains at that is such a discredit to her when people really treat her as some garden tending pretty face with no actual abilities.
In the show you can actually see the hurt on her face at times when it strikes her how in love her husband is with another woman. In the flashback episode before she found out about Fitz’s relationship with Olivia her personality is sweet to the point of being annoyingly naive. Her manipulative and vindictive side comes out in response to the new situation she finds herself in. Her husband who she still cares for and who she thought loved her has been cheating on her and then proceeds to take out his frustration at not being with the woman he loves on his wife. I mean the rant in the oval where he tells her that her opinion didn’t matter and no one cared…HARSH.
I get why people love the idea of Fitz and Olivia but the fact remains that Fitz is essentially a cheating husband who takes out a lot of his anger and frustration on his wife while at the same time being too much of a coward to cleanly end the marriage and take up with Olivia. The presidency and the status it affords is more important to him than either woman. I found it funny that he proclaims to Olivia that he exists for her and if he could he would leave it all behind. One question…who’s stopping him from doing just that?
The fact that its mostly women who hate Mellie is actually shocking to me. She’s the victim but because Fitz and Olivia are in love that makes it okay? Mellie becomes the villain because she’s essentially the biggest cock block in history. News Flash! Fitz married her. He chose her first. Olivia is the other woman. End of.