- President Donald Trump has criticized glossy US magazines for not offering his wife Melania Trump a single cover shoot while he has been in office.
- Trump on Friday retweeted a Breitbart post that said “elitist snobs in the fashion press” were snubbing the “most elegant First Lady in American history.”
- Trump wrote that the First Lady was “the greatest of all time” and labelled the magazines “Fake News”
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President Donald Trump has bashed leading US lifestyle magazines for not giving his wife, Melania Trump, a single front page cover while he has been in office.
In a tweet on Friday, Trump called the First Lady “the greatest of all time,” while retweeting a Breitbart post that said “elitist snobs in the fashion press” were ostracizing the “most elegant First Lady in American history.”
“Fake News!,” Trump added.
—Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 25, 2020
Trump fans have long noticed and lamented the absence of the First Lady from US news stands, and often accused the US press of revealing their liberal bias by granting Michelle Obama, the wife of former president Barack Obama, 12 magazine covers in her two terms as First Lady, including three Vogue covers.
“If you need any further proof of the shameless bias of the liberal mainstream media, the most stunning First Lady in American history has never graced our nation’s major style magazine covers,” US actor and Trump supporter James Woods tweeted in February 2020.
Several leading fashion magazines have taken a political stance over the president, most notably Vogue.
In an April 2019 interview with CNN, Vogue editor Anna Wintour said: “You have to stand up for what you believe in and you have to take a point of view.”
However, Melania Trump drew criticism from Vogue readers and magazine publishers in February this year over comments she made during a leaked private phone call about Wintour’s decision to let Beyoncé guest-edit an issue of the magazine.
“Anna gave the September issue of Vogue cover — complete, complete, complete, everything — to Beyoncé,” the First Lady said on the July 2018 call, leaked to NBC.
“She hired Black photographer. And it’s the first Black photographer ever doing cover of Vogue.”
The president himself has also expressed his personal distaste some for TIME Magazine, who each year name the “Person of the Year.”
TIME named Trump as “Person of the Year” in 2016, but the president took issue with the magazine’s choice of Greta Thunberg for the 2019 award issue.