All you really need to know about First Lady Melania Trump is nested right there in her chosen surname. As her husband pursues an agenda of naked cruelty and erodes the democratic foundations of the United States she remains silent by his side, giving tacit approval through her own inaction. She deserves not an ounce of sympathy from the American people.
Last night, Howard Kurtz, a host on Fox News appeared on cryptofascist Laura Ingraham’s show to shill for Melania, lamenting how she is “subjected to a particular kind of brutal of treatment and mockery,” characterizing the goodnatured ribbing she receives from late night comedians as some heinous assault.
After a good deal of disingenuous whining, Kurtz made the absurd claim that “no other modern First Lady has been treated like this.” What should have elicited a laugh from the audience was instead outrageously treated as some kind of a legitimate point.
Obviously, Melania isn’t held to some unfair standard that her predecessors were spared. For one, Michelle Obama was under constant attack while her husband was president, with conservatives throwing insult after insult at her, ranging from the petty to the outright racist.
Carl Paladino, a former Republican candidate for Governor of New York said: “Michelle Obama…I’d like her to return to being a male and let loose in the outback of Zimbabwe where she lives comfortably in a cave with Maxie, the gorilla?”
At another point, a Republican mayor in West Virginia called her an “ape in heels?” And those are just two samplings of the indefensible abuse that the so-called “part of family values” heaped on our first black First Lady.
Melania has never had to weather such horrific bigoted attacks and presumably never will. The way she is treated is leagues above how Michelle was treated, and for Fox to pretend otherwise is deeply irresponsible and deeply immoral.
Howard Kurtz: "Melania is subjected to a particularly brutal kind of treatment and mockery… No other modern First Lady has been treated like this." pic.twitter.com/OQ6xds38SJ
— Contemptor (@TheContemptor) December 14, 2018
Not surprisingly, Twitter users were quick to jump all over Kurtz, with many of them referencing the way Michelle Obama was treated. Maybe next time he’ll think twice before trying to paint Melania as a victim.
Howard Kurtz: "Melania is subjected to a particularly brutal kind of treatment and mockery… No other modern First Lady has been treated like this."
…You mean like this? pic.twitter.com/Tbzvx26oqQ
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) December 14, 2018