Is the media unfair to Melania Trump?
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Is the media unfair to Melania Trump?

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Melania Trump has been the center of criticism since becoming First Lady of the United States―from making poor fashion choices in disaster zones to launching an all-too-ironic anti-bullying campaign. Many believe people should leave Melania alone, and feel if she was a Democrat she would be revered in the media. But other's think Melania is fair game. She was a huge advocate for the birther conspiracy pushed by her husband and isn't exactly an innocent bystander. What do you think? 👸🏼

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Since being thrust into the political spotlight, Melania has had a rough time adjusting to her new role as a political spouse. She was accused of plagiarizing Michelle Obama in her opening night speech at the Republican National Convention, wore stiletto heels to tour a Hurricane Harvey disaster zone and was ridiculed when she announced her campaign to end cyberbullying given her husband's Twitter behavior. 

But some argue despite her missteps, it is unfair to criticize the First Lady so harshly. Comparing her to the likes of Hillary Clinton or Michelle Obama is just setting her up for failure. Of course she isn't going to have as active a role as they did, she isn't an Ivy-League educated law graduate, she's a former supermodel and stay-at-home mom.

Our newest First Lady, First Lady Melania Trump, has faced criticism from the media for her seemingly complacent role in the Trump administration. While it would be ideal to have a Harvard-educated, ambitious and outspoken woman (hey, Michelle) representing the United States and fighting for a cause which could benefit its people, we cannot set our expectations higher than the First Lady could possibly reach.

Melania wasn't elected to be First Lady, she just married someone who happened to become president. Is it really fair to hold her to the standards of her husband or other political figures?

The First Lady is not elected. The President is elected. While it would be nice to have a First Lady who used the agency of her position to create a “Greater America,” it really is not her job. Maybe anyone who feels it important to have an active First Lady should consider the qualifications of Presidential candidates’ spouses before casting their ballots. 
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But others argue Melania is fair game. For starters, conservatives viciously attacked Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton when they were first ladies. Not to mention Melania has been complicit in all of her husband's actions, not once challenging him even in his worst moments. 

Melania was a vocal supporter of her husband's racist birther movement, which claimed President Obama was not born in the United States, and she has denigrated illegal immigrants despite her own questionable immigration history.

Should Melania be feared in the same manner as her husband? She hasn't given us any reason to believe so, but perhaps more worryingly is that she hasn't given a reason not to either - she has made no effort to distance herself from her husband's ideology, there has been no public defence of women's rights or immigration; her Twitter account, which Donald cherishes, has only been used once, to say she is "deeply honoured to serve this wonderful country as First Lady.

Some believe if Melania was a Democrat she would be admired in the media, but does anyone honestly think conservatives would be nearly as accepting if Michelle Obama had posed nude in the past?

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