We all know full well by this point that the media doesn’t exactly love the Trump family. Oh, they love to write about them, take pictures, and quote them. But it’s not to praise or honor any specific family member or the group as a whole.
Instead, it seems the sole purpose to ever even mention a Trump in mainstream media is to add further ridicule and shame to the name and everything they touch.
Need an example?
Well, look no further than this month’s edition of Vogue, the fashion-forward magazine that just put First Lady Jill Biden on its front cover.
Now, to be sure, the “Vogue treatment,” as it is called, of putting a first lady on the cover is nothing new. In fact, as a recent article from The New York Times points out, over the years, there have been no less than 14 first ladies to be given the honor, dating all the way back to Lou Henry Hoover.
Some, such as Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton, were even featured multiple times, with Obama appearing on the front cover three times and Clinton twice. However, one instance was as a Democratic presidential candidate and not merely a first lady.
As the Times notes, the treatment is pretty much “a perk of first ladyship.”
And yet, Melania Trump was not given the honor once in her four years as First Lady.
Well, to be quite honest, Ms. Anna Wintour, Vogue’s editor, “informally barred” Mrs. Trump from the magazine, saying in 2019, “I don’t think it’s a moment not to take a stand,” according to the Times.
Basically, Wintour didn’t like Trump and, therefore, would take a stand and bar his wife from ever being featured.
The same cannot be said of the apparently beloved Dr. Jill Biden.
Even the title of Vogue’s article on Jill suggests a slap in the face to Melania Trump. It reads, “A First Lady for All of Us: On the Road with Dr. Jill Biden.”
The article, written by Jonathan Van Meter, goes on to describe the current first lady as a “goddess,” “a key player in her husband’s administration, a West Wing surrogate and policy advocate,” and “a joy multiplier.”
She also is apparently “a very stylish person who even in jeans and a cashmere sweater over an untucked chambray looks totally pulled together.”
I’m sorry, but jeans, cashmere, and chambray are hard to do wrong. It’s one of those ever-classic looks no one can hardly ruin. Wearing fishnets as a first lady, or several other of Jill’s fashion choices, on the other hand, definitely can, though.
Melania, in contrast, always seemed to be impeccably dressed and styled. Besides, you’d think Vogue would revel in the opportunity to feature a first lady who was also a supermodel. But no, to them, she was nothing more than part of the “enormous, collective trauma,” as Van Meter calls the Trump family.
Van Meter describes the Bidens in contrast, saying, “here’s a calm, experienced, empathetic president, and here’s a first lady who is driven, tireless, effortlessly popular, but also someone who reminds us of ourselves. She’s selling a new vision for how our most fundamental institutions ought to work – infrastructure, education, public health – even as she goes to extraordinary lengths to keep a real-world job, to stay in touch with what makes her human and what matters most.”
Well, maybe she wouldn’t have to go to such extraordinary lengths if she had a husband who actually did his job, who didn’t lose his train of thought mid-sentence, or who even knows who his wife is compared to his sister.
As we’ve seen over the last few months, Dr. Jill’s role in the White House has taken on a whole new set of tasks, from representing the US at the Olympics next month in Tokyo to meeting and discussing business with the Japanese Prime Minister and speaking at the G7 in her husband’s stead.
Could it be that Jill is the one pulling her husband’s strings, allowing her to rule instead of him?
So much for Kamala taking over…