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Kamala’s Timberland Boots Get Media Praise – But When Melania Wore The Same Boots, They Trashed Them
By Ben Dutka|September 18, 2020
Kamala’s Timberland Boots Get Media Praise – But When Melania Wore The Same Boots, They Trashed Them

To many Conservatives and Republicans, it often feels like the media treats left-wing politicians differently. They just seem to get more praise in everything they do.

This even extends beyond politics, apparently. While First Lady Melania Trump’s fashion choices often get plenty of attention, they don’t always pull in high praise from the media.

That’s purely subjective, of course, but why should the same boots receive wildly different comments?

This week, Sen. Kamala Harris, Joe Biden’s running mate for the presidential election, joined California Gov. Gavin Newsom to visit property destroyed by wildfires.

For her visit, Harris fittingly wore a pair of Timberland boots.

It didn’t take long for most mainstream media outlets to start praising Kamala for her fashion choice, either.

InStyle Magazine said that her Timbs say she’s “not another stuffy old white guy.”

Then Marie Claire ran a headline that read, “Kamala Harris Wears Her Timberlands, Gets Sh*t Done,” and Refinery29’s headline was, “Kamala Harris’ Timberlands-Perals Combo Has Our Vote.”

But when Mrs. Trump wore the same boots for a surprise visit to American Troops at the Al Asad Air Base in Iraq last December … well, the feedback was a little different.

First Lady Melania Trump sits onstage as US President Donald Trump speaks to members of the US military during an unannounced trip to Al Asad Air Base in Iraq on December 26, 2018. – President Donald Trump arrived in Iraq on his first visit to US troops deployed in a war zone since his election two years ago (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

Refinery29 and Yahoo Lifestyle highlighted social media comments like:

“I have never in my life seen anything stupider than Melania Trump in a pair of Timberland boots” and “There are so many more important things to critique, but I’m sorry I just cannot with Melania’s timbs.”

Governor of Puerto Rico Ricardo Rossello (2L), US President Donald Trump (C), and First Lady Melania Trump (R) walk to Air Force One before departing from Luis Muñiz Air National Guard Base in Carolina, Puerto Rico on October 3, 2017.
Nearly two weeks after Hurricane Maria thrashed through the US territory, much of the islands remains short of food and without access to power or drinking water. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

For the most part, Melania’s Timberlands received a lukewarm reception. That does appear to be in stark contrast to Kamala’s praise.

And while the First Lady invariably chooses high heels for her ensembles, she has often sported more casual wear. That includes other outfits with boots, like this one:

WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 15: U.S. first lady Melania Trump waves to members of the press as she and President Donald Trump (L) leave the White House October 15, 2018 in Washington, DC. The Trumps are traveling to survey damage from Hurricane Michael, the most powerful storm ever recorded to strike the Florida panhandle. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

So, Kamala Harris wears Timberlands and it’s viewed as a tremendous fashion statement.

On the flip side, when Melania wears similar boots, sources choose to highlight nasty comments from strangers online…?

Again, fashion is largely subjective, and Melania Trump has indeed gotten praise in the past from mainstream outlets.

But it’s hard to ignore that she also seems to be at a disadvantage when compared with Democrat leading ladies.

Source: Breitbart

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Ben Dutka
Ben S. Dutka is a journalist, writer and editor with over two decades of experience. He has worked with three newspapers and eight online publications, and he has also won a Connecticut short story contest entitled Art as Muse, Imaginary Realms. He has a penchant for writing, rowing, reading, video games, and Objectivism.
Ben S. Dutka is a journalist, writer and editor with over two decades of experience. He has worked with three newspapers and eight online publications, and he has also won a Connecticut short story contest entitled Art as Muse, Imaginary Realms. He has a penchant for writing, rowing, reading, video games, and Objectivism.
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