President Trump surprised the country yet again today when he sent out a seemingly unprompted, rambling attack on Vanity Fair and — strangely enough — Anna Wintour, the editor-in-chief of Vogue. It appeared that Trump may have been confused and somehow mistook Wintour for the editor of the former, not the latter. Radhika Jones, who edits Vanity Fair, was not mentioned in the Tweet.
The tweet was precipitated by the statement Vanity Fair had issued over an atrocious video that they recently released about Hillary Clinton. Entitled “6 New Year’s Resolutions For Hillary Clinton,” it included such patronizing gems as teaching a class in nostril breathing, taking up a hobby, and knitting.
Maybe it's time for Hillary Clinton to take up a new hobby in 2018 pic.twitter.com/sbE78rA5At
— VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) December 23, 2017
Not surprisingly, many people were outraged by the innately misogynistic video. One struggles to imagine a similar video being made about defeated presidential candidates Mitt Romney or John McCain. Somehow, Vanity Fair thought it would be appropriate to tell one of our country’s most distinguished civil servants to hang up her lifelong career of public service in favor of knitting.
Some viewers were so outraged that they started the #CancelVanity hashtag as a call to cancel subscriptions in protest. In response, the publication tried to defend the video by saying it was an attempt at humor that “missed the mark” reports the AP.
Trump apparently didn’t take well to the walk back and was enraged by the defense of his former campaign rival. It also seems likely that he was jealous of the strong pushback the video received, a reminder that Hillary Clinton destroyed him in the popular vote and still maintains broad support. He tweeted:
Vanity Fair, which looks like it is on its last legs, is bending over backwards in apologizing for the minor hit they took at Crooked H. Anna Wintour, who was all set to be Amb to Court of St James’s & a big fundraiser for CH, is beside herself in grief & begging for forgiveness!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 28, 2017
Now, another piece of the puzzle has fallen into place to explain why Trump wrote the tweet. Writer Nell Scovell took to Twitter to explain what is really motivating Trump, suggesting it’s the fact that Wintour snubbed First Lady Melania Trump by not offering a Vogue cover that previous First Ladies had enjoyed:
— Nell Scovell (@NellSco) December 28, 2017
It appears that Trump, whose obsession with media coverage is well known, has been harboring a grudge against Wintour for some time. This is the same man who had a fake TIME magazine cover made with his face on it.
Presumably, he has been itching to launch an attack on Wintour for what he sees as a disrespectful snub. So when he heard about the Vanity Fair controversy he jumped the gun, mistakenly thinking Wintour edited that newspaper as well as Vogue, and launched his attack. It’s a dizzying, confusing, pathetic mess and exactly the kind of thing we have sadly come to expect from our egomaniacal president.