When first lady Melania Trump first appeared at her husband’s joint address of Congress on Tuesday night, she was met with thunderous applause from Republicans.
It’s routine for both parties to stand and greet the first lady as she descends into the gallery to take her seat, however, Democrats had other plans. Many refused to acknowledge Mrs. Trump as she waved and smiled at them, turning their backs on her to take their seats.
From The Washington Times
The act was a total rebuff of good manners — of civility in these highly contentious, political times — and something the New Yorker applauded.
“If her husband’s political opponents declined to add to the clapping and cheering — if they even declined to extend her the politeness she might, as an untested political wife, have expected — that action was understandable, and deserving of its own acclaim,” Rebecca Mead of the New Yorker wrote. “In times like these, the withholding of ordinary graciousness may be the very least that one can do.”
Ms. Mead was apparently appalled that Mrs. Trump was once a model — a role that required her to be a “cipher.”
“[Melania] has learned to be a blank slate. She is the O without the Jackie,” Ms. Mead penned.