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Is Melania Trump the Least Visible First Lady in Generations?

August 22, 2018 in Blogs

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

For this first lady, the spotlight has been the exception rather than the rule.

From Eleanor Roosevelt to Michelle Obama to Nancy Davis Reagan—from Betty Ford to Hillary Clinton—first ladies of the past were in the news consistently. Reagan was famous for her anti-drug campaign, while Clinton addressed health care reform as first lady and went on to serve two terms in the U.S. Senate. And Roosevelt had much to say about her husband’s New Deal reforms. But compared to other first ladies, Melania Trump has kept a relatively low profile. And she might be the least visible first lady the U.S. has had in generations.

The first lady did find herself in the news in May when she announced a campaign against cyber-bullying as part of her Be Best program. Melania Trump has been calling for polite and respectful behavior online, which Republican strategist and CNN pundit Ana Navarro found to be ironic in light of the president’s online behavior.

Far-right commentator Tomi Lahren, who never misses a chance to paint Trumpistas as victims of persecution, was quick to defend Melania Trump after Navarro posted a negative tweet about her. On Twitter, Navarro commented that Melania Trump was hardly in a position to criticize cyber-bullying given that her husband was a major cyber-bully—and when Lahren appeared on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends” on August 22, she declared, “I have never seen a first lady be attacked like this, like Melania Trump has, for the good works and the good deeds that she has done.” 

Lahren added, “Can you imagine if we would sit here and attack Michelle Obama for something she was trying to do to better the country? We’d be attacked up and down. But because it’s Melania, because her last name is Trump, people like Ana Navarro think it’s OK—that they’re entitled to do that.”

Of course, some Twitter users found Lahren’s comments on “Fox and Friends” ridiculous in light of how frequently Michelle Obama was demonized at Fox News during Barack Obama’s presidency. MSNBC has had plenty of negative coverage …read more


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