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Hibernation // State of the Union
Impeachment, climate change, partisan politics… can you feel it? A sense of tension in the air? Washington has been a wave of all sorts as of late, but one voice is missing – Melania Trump’s.
The first lady has stayed mostly silent this winter, and we have to wonder why. She’s traditionally been known to stay out of her husband’s affairs save for the influence she holds in private, so to this we hold no surprise. Though as far as her public portfolio goes, such as her #BeBest campaign, we haven’t heard much.
As the president’s State of the Union address looms in the near future, many are speculating if he’ll mention his wife and her public platform. He’s certainly been by Ivanka’s side – he traveled with her to the World Economic Forum most recently, where she spoke about Pledge to America’s Workers and he talked about the latest in impeachment.
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What’s occupying many is why President Trump hasn’t mentioned Melania ever in his State of the Union addresses. According to Politico, presidents are historically known to make remarks on the progress and work of the first lady. Examples from our most recent presidents include:
“It was to help the Richard and Judy Andersons of America that the first lady and so many others have worked so hard and so long on this health care reform issue,” said Bill Clinton in 1994.
“Taking on gang life will be one part of a broader outreach to at-risk youth, which involves parents and pastors, coaches and community leaders, in programs ranging from literacy to sports. And I am proud that the leader of this nationwide effort will be our First Lady, Laura Bush,” said George W. Bush in 2005.
“And by the way, I want to acknowledge our First Lady, Michelle Obama, who this year is creating a national movement to tackle the epidemic of childhood obesity and make kids healthier,” said Barack Obama in 2010.
The only mention Donald Trump has made towards Melania in his State of the Union addresses is who joined her in the House gallery. Will he revive Melania’s spotlight next Tuesday during his speech?
To put it bluntly, the president may not want to pull attention towards her anti-bullying initiative in the midst of his inflammatory comments on Twitter, specifically towards teenage activist Greta Thunberg. It’s possible he’s been advised against it by Melania herself. Only time will tell what’s in the works for our first lady – but we’re certainly eager to hear more from this Trump Woman.
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In the midst of her father’s 2016 election win, Ivanka was viciously targeted in a boycott widely known as “Grab Your Wallet”. Launched by Shannon Coulter and Sue Atencio, the main goal of the movement was to stop buying any products associated with or sold by the Trump family.
Although not entirely due to the campaign, which quickly went viral, many companies stopped selling items from Ivanka’s fashion line. When confronted by George Stephanopoulos in an ABC interview, Ivanka had this to say:
“Well, the beauty of America is people can do what they like. But I’d prefer to talk to the millions, tens of millions of American women who are inspired by the brand and the message that I’ve created.
My advocacy of women, trying to empower them at all aspects of their life started long before this presidential campaign did. I’ve never politicized that message. People who are seeking to politicize it because they may disagree with the politics of my father, there’s nothing I can do to change that.”
Ivanka wearing a Carolina Herrera gown at the inaugural balls, January 2017
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