Anyone that has been paying attention over the last several years knows that the news media has been horrible to First Lady Melania Trump — a fact that has not gone unnoticed by the White House.
President Trump lashed out at the hypocritical media complex on Saturday for their unfounded attacks on his wife after White House historian Jennifer Pickens published a devastating takedown of the media’s treatment of Melania Trump this week.
Melania Trump brought style and grace to the White House despite undeserved attacks on her character but has been consistently snubbed by the news media and the fashion industry.
Breitbart observed on Friday that “The elitist snobs in the fashion press have kept the most elegant First Lady in American history off the covers of their magazines for 4 consecutive years,” to which President Trump replied approvingly: “The greatest of all time. Fake News!”
In an op-ed titled “Melania Trump hasn’t received appreciation she deserves for achievements as first lady,” Pickens wrote that “like so many Republican first ladies, Melania Trump has not received the respect and appreciation she deserved during her tenure. Her many contributions are worth noting.”
Every other first lady of the past century has had the advantage of being married to a prominent government official or military leader before entering the White House. But President Trump did not serve in government or the military before being elected to our nation’s highest office. Yet Mrs. Trump entered the White House as first lady with the enthusiasm and energy needed to do well in her new role.
One of the most prominent duties of a first lady today is the task of being America’s hostess. Melania Trump has excelled in this role, despite her lack of experience in wading through the political world.
Mrs. Trump has been able to find the perfect balance between reverence for precedents set by former first ladies, while still respectfully and boldly leaving her own unique mark.
Mrs. Trump’s clear appreciation for the history of the White House and its traditions has been entirely ignored by the mainstream media. For example, she was the first one to open the White House movie theater to the public tours.
“The White House belongs to the people of this country,” Mrs. Trump said. “I believe everyone who takes the time to visit and tour the White House should have as much access to its rich history and wonderful traditions as possible.”
In addition, Mrs. Trump preserved less-glorified parts of the White House like the floors of the East Room. She also oversaw the renovation and upgrading of the bowling alley, Rose Garden and tennis pavilion for future first families to enjoy.
Mrs. Trump even obtained the first piece of art to be permanently displayed by an Asian American artist. But her enhancements went largely unnoticed.
Melania Trump’s “Be Best” campaign — largely overlooked or even maligned by the media — sought to combat opioid abuse in the US, a massive public health crisis that many D.C. politicians are afraid to tackle.
Instead, Melania Trump’s association with Donald Trump automatically made her a target of left-wing ire, despite her efforts to combat a major public health crisis while graciously presiding over the White House.
One can simply look to one of the greatest champions of the office of the first lady, Pat Nixon. Mrs. Nixon may have one of the longest lists of accomplishments as a first lady, yet this amazing woman was often overlooked during her tenure. She is now more appreciated, decades later.
President Richard Nixon said of his wife years after leaving the White House: “If she had been the wife of a liberal, my God, they would have canonized her. But because she was my wife, they had to find ways to knock her, and she never got any credit for the things that she did …. But I must say, one of the reasons that she didn’t receive it, without any question, was that you can be sure that our friends in the media, whoever they may be, were not going to give her any credit if they thought it might help me. I understand that. That’s part of the game — not right, but that’s the way the world, real world is, political world.”
President Nixon’s comment applies just as appropriately to Mrs. Trump. There’s no doubt that her many achievements as an outstanding first lady will be more appreciated in the years ahead.