Sometimes it’s Sarah Sanders’ weight. Other times it’s Melania Trump’s accent.
The left constantly portray themselves as proponents of feminism. Many think that the GOP and its members are sexists who want to take women back to the 50s and that female Republicans are some kind of victim of Stockholm Syndrome. On the other hand, you’ll find that pretty much every woman attending the Women’s Marches are left-wing, almost certainly Democrats at the very least. To them, they are the only real advocates of gender equality.
That’s why it might come to a shock to the left that, in reality, they repeatedly display anti-feminist thoughts and behavior.
Flashback to last year when Michael Wolff’s bombshell book Fire and Fury was released. The book indicated that Trump had an affair with a female politician, which Wolff later twice suggested to be Nikki Haley, then the US Ambassador to the UN. When this spread across the media, Wolff backtracked and said he was merely reporting what another journalist said.
That’s libel enough, but Wolff didn’t stop there. In an interview with theSkimm, Wolff said, “I would say she seems to have embraced it,” Wolff said. “All she does is hammer on this fact…. I mean, if I were being accused of something, and I am not accusing her of anything. She hasn’t tried to avoid this, let’s say.”
Now imagine if he’d said this about Elizabeth Warren or Hillary Clinton; there’d most certainly be outrage. Journalists would rush to their keyboards about the reason why women don’t go into politics and how it’s creating a toxic—and ultimately sexist—environment. That’s fair, considering its idiotic behavior. We didn’t see that outrage, however, when a Republican woman in the Trump administration is subject to vitriol.
There seems to be a disparity between the treatment of women on the right and the left.
For example, Sarah Sanders, formerly Trump’s Press Secretary, received cruel jibes regarding her physical figure. When Melania Trump—who speaks several languages—gives a talk, she is mocked for her heavy accent.
Chelsea Handler was once asked if she would ever interview the First Lady, she responded mockingly, “To talk about what? She can barely speak English.”
Being a polyglot is an impressive thing; we should celebrate people with linguistic abilities. Speaking two languages, let alone more than that, is rare in the United States. But, because Chelsea Handler is left of the aisle, she was immune from the consequences of her comments. Instead, she was punished by starring in a documentary about white privilege.
Another example of this was when Samantha Bee called First Daughter Ivanka Trump a “feckless c***.” Bee was later forced to apologize for using the controversial swear word, but stated people were angrier about that than the immigration policy she was protesting.
And even though she was called out by some members of the left, her politics and stance on popular issues at the time were able to free her from any major consequences.
Now, remember when most normal people called out some Trump supporters for referring to Hillary Clinton as a b****? These were likely the same people who laughed at Bee’s comments. The C word may be stronger, but both insults are childish and inappropriate. Bee could refer to the immigration policy without using the C-word, whilst Trump supporters can criticize Clinton without using a gendered slur.
There are many incredible women on the political right that have made major impacts in the United States: Nikki Haley, Condoleezza Rice, Elaine Chao, Mia Love and Martha McSally are just a few examples. They should be criticized for bad policy in the same way men are. At the same time, they should also be celebrated and respected like left-wing ceiling breakers are.
Feminism isn’t just about birth control and equal pay. It’s about celebrating and supporting our sisters and recognizing their talent and hard work—even if we disagree with their politics. An equal standard shouldn’t be applied to just Nancy Pelosi and her Democratic colleagues and allies.
If the left thinks that they own the monopoly on ‘feminism,’ then they have another thing coming.
The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.