If the national coverage of Hurricane Harvey has proven anything, it’s that the mainstream liberal media will use any excuse and stoop to any depths necessary to bash President Trump, regardless of whether or not he actually deserves to be criticized. That was evident this week when several of the country’s biggest publications decided to devote space to knocking First Lady Melania Trump for daring to wear high heels on her way to Texas.
Politico, Vanity Fair, and the New York Times were just a few of the rags that chose to highlight Melania’s fashion choice, as though there was some connection between her shoes and the outreach policies of their favorite administration.
Need it be said: If this had been a Democrat first lady, these attacks would be regarded as abject sexism.
But since it’s the despised Trump family, anything goes. When you align yourself with the monster in the White House, whether through friendship, politics, or marriage, you apparently lose your right to be protected as a helpless minority in the eyes of the press.
To the Times, Melania’s shoes became a “symbol for what many see as the disconnect between the Trump administration and reality.”
To the Washington Post, the insult of the high heels cut even deeper.
“It was an image that suggested that Trump is the kind of woman who refuses to pretend that her feet will, at any point, ever be immersed in cold, muddy, bacteria-infested Texas water,” they wrote. “She is the kind of woman who may listen empathetically to your pain, but she knows that you know that she is not going to experience it. So why pretend?”
Melania Trump has been unusually quiet for a modern first lady, and these attacks probably highlight the exact reason why. It couldn’t be more obvious that she has little interest in being in the public spotlight, particularly since her husband is one of the most reviled individuals the media has ever covered. We have no doubt that Mrs. Trump would love to be a force for good as FLOTUS, but she likely understands that there’s simply no way for her to accomplish anything. The platform of First Lady depends on a sympathetic press that will convey the message with a minimum amount of political criticism. No way is Melania going to get that platform. This is a media that can only barely, through the greatest of all restraints, keep themselves from going after Barron.
It is what it is, though. Just file it away. Remember it the next time these creeps in the press jump up on their high horse and call criticism of one of their liberal darlings “sexist” and “misogynistic.” Exposing them as hypocrites won’t stop them, but it will cut a lot of power out of their message.
Plus, it’s just fun.