When Los Angeles Times columnist Robin Abcarian speculated Tuesday about “the durability” of first lady Melania Trump’s marriage to President Donald Trump and how there are “no good vibes from the Trump marriage,” she joined other mainstream media outlets in frowning upon the first lady.
After eight years of fawning over former first lady Michelle Obama, mainstream media members aren’t big fans of Melania Trump — this is no secret. Mercilessly mocking everything from her accent to her stilettos to her marriage, the liberal media’s snarky criticism of the first lady permeated the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency.
“Trump, who demands adoration, would no doubt love for Melania to gaze upon him the way Nancy Reagan gazed upon her Ronnie. But Ronnie didn’t cheat on Nancy with porn stars and Playmates,” Abcarian wrote. “We get no good vibes from the Trump marriage.”
The media latched onto reports that Trump had an affair with porn star Stormy Daniels shortly after Melania gave birth to Barron, resulting in a $130,000 payoff. They also gobbled up The New Yorker’s report last week alleging that Trump carried on an affair with former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal around 2006, resulting in a $150,000 payoff.
“Our first lady does not seem to be having a good time. In the last month alone, amid the daily chaos that is the Trump White House, stories about the president’s womanizing, and his techniques for suppressing stories about his womanizing, have become fodder for the daily news report,” Abcarian wrote, adding that Melania Trump “seems like a prop in her husband’s reality show.”
But this sort of criticism isn’t anything new for Melania Trump. The media’s negative speculation and judgments about nearly every move she makes have gone on for months.
Melania Trump received widespread flak when she decided to heed advice from tree specialists in December and remove the iconic Jackson Magnolia tree from the White House’s south portico, due to damage and old age. Although Melania Trump announced she would be preserving a portion of the tree for replanting, pundits and liberals went nuts.
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Chelsea Clinton, daughter of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential rival, Hillary Clinton, actually came to the first lady’s defense.
“Thank you to all the Chief Horticulturists and everyone from the National Park Service who have taken care of the beautiful grounds of the @WhiteHouse over the years. Thank you @FLOTUS for preserving part of a tree I & so many have treasured,” Chelsea Clinton tweeted.
While Obama received almost nothing but praise from media critics for her eight years’ worth of Christmas decorations, the critics pounced after Melania Trump unveiled the White House’s Christmas decorations in November.
The Daily Beast’s Tim Teeman wrote that the White House “has become the most terrifying domestic space in America.”
“Melania Trump, with what looks like the help of Tim Burton, has designed an anti-Christmas wonderland of white branches set stark against the wall and casting creepy shadows on the ceiling, leading to — at the end of the corridor — in the East Garden Room, a traditional Christmas tree bathed in golden light,” Teeman wrote, adding that Trump “could definitely keep the East Colonnade as a Halloween attraction.”
Vanity Fair’s Kenzie Bryant wrote that Melania Trump “stars in what is either the official unveiling of White House decorations or a seasonal advertisement for J.Crew.”
The New Yorker’s Jia Tolentino wrote an article called “With the White House Christmas, the Image of Melania Trump Transforms from Fairy-Tale Prisoner to Wicked Queen.”
“With these Christmas photos, the image of our first lady as the wicked queen has taken over,” Tolentino wrote, adding that “it is easy to imagine the White House as a site of menacing enchantment — a place that transforms to suit the rulers who pass through it, a place where hearts grow colder and stonier, where snow appears on the gleaming floors overnight at the behest of the silent woman in her white dress.”
When Melania Trump wore stilettos while boarding a plane prior to surveying the Hurricane Harvey disaster relief efforts in Texas in August, media critics mocked her.
“This morning, Mrs. Trump boarded Air Force One wearing a pair of towering pointy-toed snakeskin heels better suited to a shopping afternoon on Madison Avenue or a girls’ luncheon at La Grenouille,” Vogue magazine writer Lynn Yaeger wrote.
Although Yaeger noted that a spokesperson for Melania Trump said the first lady planned to change into other shoes while on the plane, she wrote, “But what kind of message does a fly-in visit from a first lady in sky-high stilettos send to those suffering the enormous hardship, the devastation of this natural disaster?”
“And why, oh why, can’t this administration get anything, even a pair of shoes, right?” Yaeger continued.
A Gallup poll from December found that a majority of Americans had a favorable view of the first lady at 54 percent, up 17 percentage points from her husband’s inauguration in January 2017. Only 33 percent of Americans said they viewed her unfavorably in December.
But Melania Trump isn’t Michelle Obama, and liberal media critics won’t let the nation forget it.
Laura Ingraham, host of Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” and co-founder of LifeZette, blasted media outlets for their “first lady double standard” when it came to covering Obama and Melania Trump during a show in late December.
“She’s gracious, she’s generous and she’s beautiful inside and out. So, if Melania Trump were a liberal, it would be a nonstop love fest from the media. But, since she’s married to President Trump, it’s a very different story,” Ingraham said.
“The only acceptable, real, authentic woman in the media landscape today is a liberal woman, a progressive one. And if you’re not, you’re just too dumb, you’re too stupid to know the difference.”