Stephanie Grisham, a former top aide to Melania Trump, said that she was “sickened” after the former First Lady declined to sign off on a statement discouraging the violence that happened on Jan. 6 last year.

Following the sixth public Jan. 6 hearing on Tuesday, Grisham tweeted a screenshot of a text message with “MT,” who she later confirmed was Melania Trump, reported Radar Online.

In the message, she asked Melania if she wanted to tweet that “peaceful protests are the right of every American, but there is no place for lawlessness and violence." Melania apparently replied by saying, “No.”

During an interview on Wednesday, Grisham said that knowing Melania as well as she did at that point, it was so "unlike her to not have condemned it, that that was the moment it all kind of broke me," reported The Hill.

She also discussed Tuesday’s testimony by Cassidy Hutchinson, an ex-aide to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows. She offered new revelations, including that Meadows and lawyer Rudy Giuliani sought pardons from former President Donald Trump. She also said that Meadows acknowledged before Jan. 6 that things could take a violent turn that day.

Grisham said that hearing Hutchinson's testimony, she felt "compelled to show that text because it was a lot of context I thought." She added that knowing Melania like she did, she was so "disappointed and discouraged and sickened that she wouldn’t stand up and just say simply, ‘There should be no violence.'"

The former First Lady issued a statement less than a week after the Capitol riot took place. Melania said that she was “disappointed and disheartened” and condemned the violence that took place at the U.S. Capitol last year.

As for Grisham, her text conversation with Melania was previously included in her book, “I’ll Take Your Questions Now: What I Saw in The Trump White House." It released last fall. Before the book’s release, Melania's office said in a statement that “the intent behind this book is obvious.” Her office shared that it was an attempt to "redeem herself after a poor performance as press secretary, failed personal relationships, and unprofessional behavior in the White House." The statement further read that through "mistruth and betrayal, she seeks to gain relevance and money at the expense of Mrs. Trump."

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Melania Trump listens as her husband Outgoing US President Donald Trump addresses guests at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on January 20, 2021. - President Trump and the First Lady travel to their Mar-a-Lago golf club residence in Palm Beach, Florida, and will not attend the inauguration for President-elect Joe Biden. Photo by Alex Edelman/AFP via Getty Images

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