Melania Trump’s outfit at the second presidential debate threw shade at Donald
Did you catch Melania Trump’s fuchsia blouse in the background of Sunday’s presidential debate? As blouses go, it was stylish but pretty middle of the road, except for one thing: Melania’s top might have been calling out Donald’s remarks about sexually assaulting women. The clue is in the big bow at the neckline, which, for real, is called a pussy bow, reminiscent of a now-infamous excerpt from The Donald’s 2005 conversation with Billy Bush wherein he brags about forcibly kissing women and grabbing their genitals. “I just start kissing them,” Trump said. “It’s like a magnet. I just kiss, I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything — grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.”
Apparently he didn’t know, or didn’t care, that a woman who’s too scared to fight back isn’t “letting” you do anything. But women in America and around the world sure as hell care. When author Kelly Oxford started a thread on Twitter asking female tweeters to share their stories of being sexually assaulted, it soon grew at the rate of 50 tweets per minute. Not long after that, the GOP did what they should have done a long time ago by starting to disavow Trump. (You know, the guy they nominated just a few months ago, when they were fine with his anti-immigrant, Islamophobic, ableist, and racist rhetoric, but before he started coming for their women.)
While the blouse might just be a coincidence, it’s not so far-fetched to read Melania’s style choice as an intentional statement considering she started her career as a model. In this context, the pussy bow could have been a reminder to her husband that she has something in common with the women he bragged about assaulting. It’s also worth noting that she married him in 2005, the same year as his incriminating conversation with Bush, so he was forcing himself on women after having just married the mother of his youngest child. Fuck that guy. Or rather, don’t.
If Trump’s blouse was the call-out we think it was, this could set a new precedent for presidential spouses in an election that, to be honest, seems to have altered the course of reality itself. A presidential candidate’s wife using her clothes to challenge her husband’s perpetuation of rape culture on national TV is a pretty baller move, and one that says women are not accessories to be used for men’s success.