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.
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.”
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:
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.