Media Spends 2017 Attacking Melania Trump

Amber Athey Podcast Columnist
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This past year was marked by relentless media attacks and fake and misleading headlines about President Donald Trump. But when the media couldn’t get enough dirt on Trump in 2017, they turned their attention on first lady Melania.

Melania lives a relatively quiet life in the White House compared to previous first ladies, but whenever she stepped out in public, the media was champing at the bit for a scandal.

We’ve compiled a list of some of the most ridiculous media attacks on Melania since her husband took office.

Journos ‘Baffled’ By Melania Wearing High Heels To Texas

Media outlets accused Melania of being pretentious when she wore a pair of stilettos while boarding a plane to Texas. Melania and her husband were visiting areas ravaged by Hurricane Harvey, and critics said her shoes showed she was ill-prepared and insensitive to the suffering of Texans.

WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 29: U.S. President Donald Trump walks with first lady Melania Trump prior to their Marine One departure from the White House. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

However, when Melania de-boarded in Texas, she was rocking a pair of Converse sneakers and a “FLOTUS” hat, clearly ready to get to work.

Media Mocks ‘Horror Show’ Christmas Decorations

Melania turned into a Christmas snow queen when she decorated the White House for the holiday season, and some of the pictures are simply stunning. Nonetheless, a number of media outlets called the set-up “horrific,” a “nightmare before Christmas,” and “creepy.”

Melania was clearly going for an ethereal, magical look as opposed to a kitschy red-and-green theme, but the media mocked her for daring to be different.

US First Lady Melania Trump walks through Christmas decorations in the East Wing as she tours holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, D.C., on November 27, 2017. (AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB)

Newsweek: Melania Kills Historic White House Tree 

A misleading Newsweek headline suggested that Melania was “ordering” the removal of an historic Jackson magnolia at the White House for no apparent reason.

“Melania Trump orders removal of the near-200-year-old tree from the White House,” Newsweek claimed.

However, once readers clicked into the article they discovered that the 200-year-old tree was on its last leg and could fall and seriously injure someone at any moment. After exhausting all other options, tree specialists recommended the tree be removed. Melania even asked that the wood from the tree be preserved, and a new Jackson magnolia is set to be planted in the old tree’s place.

Melania’s Slovakian Accent Becomes Fodder For Comedians

Comedians, many of whom claim to be pro-immigration, used Melania’s Slovakian accent as fodder for skits and jokes about the first lady. Chelsea Handler, a notable Trump critic, said she would never have Melania on her Netflix show because she can “barely speak English.”

Victoria’s Secret model Gigi Hadid did an embarrassing impersonation of Melania and her accent at the American Music Awards, and eventually had to apologize after backlash.


Melania speaks five languages — her native Slovene, English, French, Serbian and German.

Melania’s High Heels Are ‘Horrifying’

If you thought the trip to Texas would be the only criticism of Melania’s stilettos, think again. Newsweek didn’t need there to be a flood or a hurricane to trash Melania’s shoe choices.

In an August article, a Newsweek writer claimed that Melania’s decision to constantly wear high heels is both “horrifying” and reminiscent of 17th century Italian prostitutes. Melania wears the shoes, the author opined, to make herself pleasing to men and to give her an air of exclusivity.

With or without feminist approval, I think we all can agree that Melania looks fantastic.

(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Melania Accused of Cultural Appropriation In China

Elite Daily suggested that Melania may have been committing cultural appropriation with her choice of dress at a Chinese state dinner. Melania opted for a Gucci ensemble with flowers and birds, a piece that writer Lisa Dunn considered “heavy-handed” and “more caricature than genuine.”

Dunn contrasted Melania’s choice with a boring black mermaid gown that Michelle Obama wore at the state dinner one year prior.

U.S. first lady Melania Trump and Peng Liyuan, wife of China's President Xi Jinping, arrive at a state dinner in honor of U.S. President Donald Trump at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China November 9, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RC1391C167B0

First lady Melania Trump and Peng Liyuan, wife of China’s President Xi Jinping, arrive at a state dinner in honor of President Donald Trump at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, November 9, 2017. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

Anti-Bullying Initiative Criticized Over Her Husband’s Tweets

First ladies often pick an initiative to focus on during their time in the White House. Laura Bush’s was improving childhood literacy, Michelle Obama’s was lowering childhood obesity, and Melania’s is ending child cyberbullying.

Journalists and media outlets quickly accused Melania of hypocrisy because her husband routinely attacks people on his Twitter account.

Her response?

“As the first lady has stated publicly in the past, when her husband gets attacked, he will punch back 10 times harder,” Melania’s spokesperson said.

Pricey Gardening Outfit Triggers Critics

As if the high heels weren’t enough, the media went after Melania when she appeared in Michelle Obama’s White House vegetable garden in an expensive outfit. Melania wore a $1,380 Balmain plaid shirt, jeans, red gloves, and Converse sneakers.

“It’s a version of opulence that repulses many, especially progressives,” Business Insider said.

Melania is a former model who cares deeply about fashion and has the money to afford designer clothing, so we’re not quite sure what the big deal is.

WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 22: U.S. first lady Melania Trump joins children from the Boys and Girls Club of Washington in planting and harvesting vegetables in the White House Kitchen Garden.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Slut-Shaming Is Cool If You’re A Trump, Apparently

New York Times reporter Jacob Bernstein allegedly called Melania a “hooker” because of her modeling career, which included nude photoshoots. Model Emily Ratajkowski called out Bernstein for his “sexist” attacks on Melania, but other feminists weren’t willing to jump to Melania’s defense.

Slate copy editor Heather Schwedel argued that Bernstein’s comments were justifiable because 1. they occurred at a private event and 2. Melania forfeited any right to be treated decently when she married Donald Trump.

Other media outlets used Melania’s nude photos to try and embarrass the first family, even though leftists encourage the idea that the female body is nothing to be ashamed of.

While the media has gone out of their way to diminish and mock Melania, her approval ratings show that she is appealing to the American people. According to a recent Gallup poll, Melania has a 54 percent approval rating, up 17 points from January.

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