Throwing Shade

We want Donald Trump to bare it all, but do we want his wife to cover up?

JUSTIN MITCHELL

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, center, and wife, Melania, recite the Pledge of Allegiance while visiting Saint Francis of Assisi Church, a caucus site, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, in West Des Moines , Iowa.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, center, and wife, Melania, recite the Pledge of Allegiance while visiting Saint Francis of Assisi Church, a caucus site, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, in West Des Moines , Iowa. Associated Press

Did he really just say that? No, seriously. Did Donald Trump really just say that?

In the words of Sarah Palin, “You betcha.”

And America is eating up every word he says with the biggest spoon in the utensil drawer.

Part of Donald Trump's wild, controversial success, in my opinion, is the shock value that surrounds his campaign. Trump, a real estate tycoon, has said things on his GOP presidential campaign trail that are shocking, not politically correct and sometimes downright unrealistic. And Americans are surely responding: Donald wants to “Make America Great Again.”

In Biloxi, Trump spoke to a large crowd, berating a CNN reporter for not spanning across the Coast Coliseum. He accused the media of not showing large crowds at his event, and the audience went wild. But not as much as when he said he was going to get rid of Common Core. How, you ask? Great question – you might want to tweet him and ask.

Trump's trail of rants include making fun of the way Carly Fiorina's face looks, taking a jab at Megyn Kelly about her period, proclaiming he would build a wall to keep immigrants out and saying he would bomb the s—t out of ISIS.

In his latest tit-for-tat, he challenged Pope Francis, who announced he did not support Trump's idea of keeping immigrants out of the country with a wall.

It seems as if the more outlandish statements Trump comes up with, the more his supporters stand behind him.

But as The Donald bares it all for a shot at the White House, it seems as if his wife is covering up. Melania Trump, an international model, has been dressing quite conservatively when she joins Trump on stage at political events. The model has posed in several swimsuit advertisement campaigns, and was never afraid to show some skin at an event or in a photo shoot.

The Washington Post reported in 2015 that Melania “has shown more of her homebody side than her provocative one,” choosing to often stay at home while Trump went on campaign tours. But as the primaries embarked, America has seen more of Melania on the stage next to her husband.

And her dresses are modest. Her coats – fabulous. The patterns she sometimes chooses to wear are fashion forward and trendy. But there's noticeably less skin. There's not a lot of sexy.

So, is Melania toning it down because society expects a First Lady to look and act a certain way? Should we expect Donald Trump's wife to change a part of her, just for the chance that her husband could take a position of power? So – why can a man be praised for baring it all as his “other half” is, in fact, covering up?

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