President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump went to Texas today because of the hurricane and flooding in the Houston area.
Two media outlets that I am aware of – there may be more – did OpEds on the First Lady’s shoes. Apparently the First Lady started her day out in high heels.
First Vogue commented with this Melania Trump’s Hurricane Stilettos, and the White House’s Continual Failure to Understand Optics.
The Washington Post published this There was no pretense about Melania Trump’s heels. But sometimes, a little pretense helps.
Who are these articles for? Yeah, we know the media hates all things Trump. Did they write these for themselves, as sort of a masturbatory exercise in Trump hate? Or is the intention to convince us in Trump country that Trump looks down on us?
If it is the latter, it’s a swing an a miss.
This morning, Mrs. Trump boarded Air Force One wearing a pair of towering pointy-toed snakeskin heels better suited to a shopping afternoon on Madison Avenue or a girls’ luncheon at La Grenouille.
I’ve heard of Madison Avenue. That is where the fancy shopping is in New York City. There is a Saks there, I think. I’ve never heard of La Grenouille. It turns out it is The in style French Restaurant in NYC right now. It serves lunch and dinner at fuck you prices.
From The Washington Post:
Observers were baffled by her shoes in particular. Those shoes. Those shoes. Good Lord, those shoes. She is fond of Manolos and Louboutins. But it’s not the brand or the cost: It’s the heels.
I had to look up Manolos and Louboutins. Both are fashion designers who are as foppishly, flamboyantly, idiosyncratically, gay and European as to make Talladega Nights look like a documentary.
Both also happen to be brands of shoes that cost somewhere between a new truck payment and a mortgage payment.
This type of criticism of Trump might as well be “Did you see Trump and Melania drinking the 2012 Jadot Louis Le Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay with their Wagyu au Poivre? How gauche!”
This type of horseshit commentary superficial and condescending at the same time.
For the great swath of Americans that live outside of walking distance from 5th Avenue, the first concern they have about shoes is affording them for their kids.
For the Trump voters I know, and who are good people, their regular non-kid shoe buying experience is what is available from the company shoe truck this year.
I say this with the deepest sincerity. I don’t give a fuck about the shoes the First Lady wears. She used to be a fashion model. She wears stilettos for a living. If you caught me outside the gym, there is a good chance I’m going to be in composite toe boots that an employer bought me. It is what I am used to.
Media: “The first lady wore fancy designer shoes to your disaster area. Aren’t you mad?”
America: “My house got washed away and you want me to give a shit about Trump’s wife’s shoes? Fuck you and the first class seat you flew in on!”
If these people were any further up their own ass they would disappear into a singularity.