VG Person Of The Year 2018: First Lady Melania Trump
VG Person Of The Year 2018: First Lady Melania Trump
It is the season to look back and reflect at the past year. 2018 was full of rising and shining stars, but we here at Victory Girls decided to honor someone who actually strives to be more apolitical than not. Our Person of the Year for 2018 is the First Lady, Melania Trump.
Mrs. Trump has been an oasis of calm within the Trump administration – as we all know, the president is not afraid of a verbal or a Twitter spat. Melania, on the other hand, has kept her cool under pressure over this past year. She has been a refreshing return to a more traditional First Lady role, and she is clearly growing more comfortable in her position. Here are some areas where the First Lady deserves enormous credit for over this last year.
There is zero doubt that the Trump Administration lives rent-free in the heads of the media, and Melania Trump is no exception. The proof is in the jacket.
Melania Trump tells @TomLlamasABC she wore the ‘I really don’t care’ jacket “for the people and for the left-wing media who are criticizing me. And I want to show them that I don’t care.” #MelaniaTrump https://t.co/EqEyfZkJvZ pic.twitter.com/2EWeCKB0de
— ABC News (@ABC) October 13, 2018
Want more proof that even the smallest choices Melania makes about her clothes are endlessly criticized? Well, there was the hat.
Melania Trump wearing a pith helmet on her trip to "Africa" is more than a silly sartorial choice. It's a reflection of her outdated understanding of Africa. (Also, she was photographed in safari attire multiple times on this trip.) #FLOTUSinAfricaBingo https://t.co/aCnkOnPBF8
— kim yi dionne (@dadakim) October 5, 2018
And now we can add the pants. Apparently, people freaked out over Melania’s tan leather leggings because they thought she wasn’t wearing any pants.
@FLOTUS where are your pants? And sunglasses at night? Something isn’t right!
— Flo Ratcliffe (@Flobee03) December 27, 2018
And yet Michelle Obama’s boot choices are lauded by mainstream media while people flip out that Melania wore a nude shade of leather legging. Does one really wonder why Melania Trump decided to let her jacket do the talking for her, just once?
Melania Trump gave one in-depth interview this year to ABC, and she made the point that even though she is a public figure, she is routinely mocked and bullied.
Even saying this opened the floodgates that proved the First Lady’s point.
Cry me a river. https://t.co/JuEZ6IlhXk
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) October 11, 2018
Apparently Melania Trump is fair game for bullying because she is married to Donald Trump, in the eyes of those who loathe the president. News outlets routinely speculate on how Mrs. Trump should leave her husband. The press never did this to Hillary Clinton, and her husband was having an affair within the White House while he was president!
You have a lot to work on at home.
— Barbara Watkins (@BarbaraBarbawat) September 4, 2018
Maybe your husband should set an example on how to #BeBest. His use of social media is to intimidate, berate, and attack.
— Christine 🌊 (@chreister89) September 4, 2018
But remember, if we follow the Clinton example, wives are not responsible for the actions of their husbands. *cough*
The “Be Best” campaign is more than just combating bullying. It also addresses opioid abuse and safe social media usage.
And yet, you rarely hear about these events in the mainstream media. You only hear about how people can’t see tan leather pants.
One of the most gracious and lovely actions of Melania Trump is her strong commitment to the military and their families.
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) December 17, 2018
She participated in several events this Christmas season, including a Toys For Tots event…
No one in establishment media will show you this story – since they don't care about good news from this admin & orange man bad – but this week @FLOTUS knelt down & engaged a non-verbal military child in a wheelchair.
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) December 16, 2018
… and accompanying President Trump on his Christmas visit to the troops.
The First Lady clearly enjoys this part of her role, and she’s obviously very good at it.
You know who doesn’t get dragged along to these public events? Barron Trump. The First Lady has carefully guarded her son from the spotlight (we rarely see him in public), and even though Barron is invoked by haters on Twitter (where they often run into Chelsea Clinton, who must be given a standing ovation for her consistent defense of Barron Trump’s privacy), Melania is determined to give him as normal and unencumbered a childhood as possible. Her first priority has always been Barron, and we all saw that from the very first days of the administration.
While Melania Trump definitely has less of a political bent than former First Ladies, her embrace of a more conventional role, rather than being a mold-breaker, has proved to be popular with the public and has driven the media bananas. The First Lady is able to shake off the haters and continue on her way, determined to do her bit of good with her position while she can. And for her efforts, we name her the VG Person of the Year for 2018.
Featured image: First Lady Melania Trump at the White House (photo taken November 25, 2018, Official White House photo by Andrea Hanks, public domain)