I’m doing my best to ignore the changes which are taking place in the government since Donald Trump’s electoral victory last week, but some of Trump’s supporters are making it difficult to do so.
Since Steve Bannon was named as Donald Trump’s senior White House counselor and strategist, Bannon’s former company Breitbart News has announced plans to sue a “major media company” for calling Breitbart a “white nationalist website.” Breitbart did not name the company to be targeted in its lawsuit, but said it “cannot allow such vicious racial lies to go unchallenged,” calling any attempt to link it to racism “baseless.” Under Bannon, Breitbart News published numerous stories critics called offensive, including one in which the writer, David Horowitz, referred to conservative commentator Bill Kristol as a “renegade Jew.”
In West Virginia, two officials in Clay County lost their jobs on Tuesday over a racist Facebook post about current first lady Michelle Obama. The director of the Clay County Development Corporation, Pamela Taylor, wrote on Facebook in response to president-elect Donald Trump’s victory in last week’s election: “It will be refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified First Lady in the White House. I’m tired of seeing an ape in heels.” Clay Mayor Beverly Whaling commented on the post: “Just made my day Pam.” Whaling resigned, and Taylor left her job, too, although it was not immediately clear whether she quit or was fired.
Conservatives and allegedly religious voters have long been seizing on any excuse to criticize Michelle Obama on the basis of how she looks or dresses. She has been criticized for wearing sleeveless dresses to functions, or shorts when she’s on vacation in very hot locales, and she has been criticized for doing push-ups and encouraging Americans to live healthy lifestyles.
Melania Trump, on the other hand, whose husband is the current president-elect, has received no criticism for not being a suitable First Lady based on her appearance or history of racy photoshoots. A recent search on Google of Melania’s modeling portfolio has seen certain strategic blurring (above), and maybe the photos will disappear altogether in time.
Yet this seems to indicate that conservative voters were only criticizing Mrs. Obama—not because she isn’t “First Lady-like” or because she goes against their conservative, religious views—but simply because she is a Democrat and maybe even because she’s African American… and that in itself is not right.
In a related story, there appears to be some interest by the Trump transition team in securing top-secret security clearance for some of the president-elect’s adult children—specifically Donald Jr., Eric, Ivanka, and her husband Jared Kushner. On Wednesday, Trump himself appeared to be back-tracking on multiple reports of such requests by his transition team, denying the reports altogether. “I am not trying to get ‘top level security clearance’ for my children. This was a typically false news story,” Trump tweeted early Wednesday morning.
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