The first official portrait of Melania Trump as the first lady was released today. For once, Trump supporters are being their kindest. They are fawning over the picture with nothing but compliments. The two adjectives they have used most are ‘classy’ and ‘beautiful’.
Let’s take a look at the picture a Trump supporter shared on Twitter:
— Traditional American (@RightWingAngel) April 3, 2017
She looks like she does most every day. There is no question of her beauty, she’s a model. Her husband would have never looked twice at her if she were ho-hum. However, what I find remarkable is the difference between the attitudes regarding the current first lady and the previous first lady.
This is the first official portrait of Michelle Obama as our first lady for Obama’s second term:
This photo looks a little less ‘touched up’, but both women are attractive. However, a lot of the ones calling Melania classy or beautiful didn’t feel that way about Michelle.
Here is a list of ‘pet names’ and adjectives people gave Michelle over the years:
Manchelle, gorilla, ape in heels, fat, ugly, ungraceful, not classy.
Why is there such a disparity? Michelle was more than arm candy for her husband. She went to Princeton and Harvard. She was a lawyer and worked as a public servant. She performed her duties as First Lady with passion and flare. She gladly promoted her ideals, not for Twitter mentions, but for how strongly she believed in them. She was the picture of grace when haters called her and her husband every racist name in the book.
Then there’s Melania, who does not even currently live in the White House with her trollish husband. She dropped out of college in order to model. After a successful modeling career, she married you-know-who. We have seen her read a book to a group of children and she has spoken to a couple crowds for the hubs. I’m not trying to shame anyone, I’m just stating the facts.
So, the question is this: WHY do the Trumpsters feel so differently about these two women? Why is Melania classy, but not Michelle? Surely, Michelle EARNED a bit of their respect. The only difference I can see is that one is white and the other is black. And for a group of immigrant-haters, they couldn’t be more proud of THEIR imported first lady. I suppose it’s more patriotic to support the foreign white woman than it is to support the black woman who was born and raised here.
For one last point of reference, I’m going to share videos of both first ladies reading to children. I know who I’d rather listen to.