The Washington Post really liked Melania Trump’s hat. On the day in which French president Emmanuel Macron came for an official state visit so that he could hopefully push President Trump into not scrapping the nuke deal that has assured Iran doesn’t have the bomb, a Post writer went so far as to say “nothing else mattered.”
“The day began with a hat. It ended with the hat, too. Not literally, but nostalgically,” the Post‘s Robin Givhan wrote. “Over the course of 12 hours, no Cézanne at the National Gallery, no forest of cherry blossom branches, no Clinton or Bush china, no goat cheese gâteau, not even Chanel haute couture could compare to that magnificent halo of pure white light perched atop first lady Melania Trump’s perfectly groomed head. Nothing else mattered. There was nothing else.”
The post is quickly rising to the top of The Post‘s most-read stories, and not all readers are pleased.
“Melania has finally found her calling as first lady: wearing clothes. Well, done,” writes one reader in the comments.
“What does the hat or the clothes worn by anyone have to do with anything that matters? The breathless excitement of the prose over the white ‘halo’ hovering above the first lady’s head is silly and–and having the ‘story’ on the front page is, well, sad,” writes another.
I find it amusing that the @NYTimes, @WashingtonPost, and other #MSM are talking about @FLOTUS’s white hat!! Why? Is this ALL they have to worry about?? MAYBE, just maybe she has AMAZING fashion sense?? Yeah, former model…it’s probably fashion sense!! https://t.co/2YR3h2oVA7
— 🇺🇸 Mark’s Rants 🇺🇸 (@Marks_Rants) April 25, 2018
Nancy Reagan: fighting drug abuse
Barbara Bush: adult literacy
Hillary Clinton: women’s rights
Laura Bush: adult literacy
Michelle Obama: healthy kids
Melania Trump: wore a nice hat
— Zandar Wakandar (@ZandarVTS) April 25, 2018
I’m so glad I didn’t accidentally let Melania’s “neat hat” distract me from her husband’s continuous atrocities and, the fact that the meeting with the French president was to secure what few ally options America has left.
— Evan Morgenstern (@evanjm02) April 25, 2018
Some people liked the hat and Givhan’s work on it. Many of them also took it as an occasion to bash former first lady Michelle Obama
— Julia Carpenter (@juliaccarpenter) April 25, 2018
“Thank you for this article, Mrs. Givhan and WaPo. For a blessed few minutes, it makes things seem almost normal, a time when we women in particular can allow ourselves to muse about and make our private decisions about such issues as hat and white or not, as if they mattered somehow,” wrote another. “For a time we are transported back to the golden days of Jack and Jackie. Or we are free to indulge ourselves mentally comparing Melania’s way to Michelle’s. What happy respite it is to turn off, at least for a minute or two, the tawdry and the tacky and the tarnish, even to appreciate the Trumps’ painstaking play-acting things are normal in the White House.”
Who says Michelle Obama was a First Lady? Don’t think so. I still have nightmares of her in shorts coming off Airforce One and the green dress. I love Melania for bringing back a gorgeous hat. My mom always wore a hat and gloves.
— Nonni (@Camtemp) April 25, 2018
Melania is a White Hat 😉Symbolism is important pic.twitter.com/TvAzZjGjXA
— 🇺🇸PATRIOTS UNITE (@BigStick2013) April 25, 2018
The left is being hateful and saying nasty things about Melania’s hat. I can’t wait to see the side by sides of beautiful Melania in her hat, and Michelle Obama’s in hers!
— RedPilledCovfefe (@MarkinNewson) April 25, 2018
Some saw a huge irony in the connection between Trump supporters praising the hat worn by a European immigrant who worked briefly as a nude model before meeting her wealthy husband and those same people bashing Michelle Obama, a Harvard Law alumnus.
No matter how mediocre a particular white woman is, white folks will always find a reason to compare her to an upper echelon black woman.ADVERTISEMENT
This week we were told that Melania was superior to Michelle Obama & that her hat created buzz like Beyoncé. Jesus. 🙄
— OJ Harrison5 🍩 🥀 🥀 (@OjPats4) April 25, 2018
The Post‘s tweet is getting ratio’d hard, with some readers complaining about the normalization of the Trump regime.
Perspective: For Melania Trump, fashion diplomacy was defined by a hat https://t.co/CGJJD5WGwJ
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) April 25, 2018
Remember when we said we wouldn’t allow this family’s presence in the White House to become normalized?
— Cal (@SomewhatMoral) April 25, 2018
And underneath this hat is the mind of a racist Birther, wrote the WaPo never
— Gart Williams (@push_and_drive) April 25, 2018