Still coming to grips with the reality of Donald Trump’s triumph over Hillary Clinton, liberals are out in the world proving that love truly does Trump hate. Whether it be by assaulting Trump protestors, looting stores, blocking off traffic, or branding anyone who disagrees with them a racist, they really are set out to prove that words speak louder than actions.The latest stunt from the anti-Trump whiners? Boycotting Trump’s family, for some reason. There’s been a coordinated campaign to boycott Ivanka’s brand even before Trump won the presidency, and now people are turning their attention towards Melania. As Reason Magazine’s Stephanie Slade reported: “As one who celebrates and strives for diversity, individual freedom, and respect for all lifestyles, I will not participate in dressing or associating in any way with the next First Lady,” wrote fashion designer Sophie Theallet in an open letter this week.
Theallet, who has designed and donated clothes for outgoing First Lady Michelle Obama numerous times over the last eight years, may not be alone: “A source tells People Magazine, ‘This has already been going on for months. Designers wouldn’t lend to Melania, Ivanka or Tiffany, so they either bought the items themselves or wore Ivanka’s brand. … There was a lot of shopping their own closets.'”You can read her full open letter below:
Open letter | Sophie Theallet | November 17th, 2016 pic.twitter.com/g1hIAyBmdF
— sophie theallet (@sophietheallet) November 17, 2016
It’s petty – but if she wants to protest the Trumps by taking none of their money, good for her, I guess. I see it the same way as the “Christian bakers vs. gay weddings” debate, whereas a number of Christian bakers have been sued for refusing to cater gay weddings. Why would a gay couple want to give money to someone opposed to their marriage in the first place? Why wouldn’t they want to buy from someone who shares their values? Freedom of association is a good thing.
If we’re going to play by the Left’s own rules, can we at least attack them for being anti-immigrant over this? Or does that rule no longer apply because Melania is a Republican?
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]