— emma (@emmacrowell_) February 3, 2017
Authoritarians have always been obsessed with appearances (frequently with less-than-stellar results, as with Nixon’s ‘honor guard’ Secret Service uniforms). We knew that President-Asterisk Trump had him some standards, of course, but it took Politico founder Mike Allen, at his new Koch-funded ‘startup’ Axios, to drop the handkerchief:
… Trump likes the women who work for him “to dress like women,” says a source who worked on Trump’s campaign. “Even if you’re in jeans, you need to look neat and orderly.” We hear that women who worked in Trump’s campaign field offices — folks who spend more time knocking on doors than attending glitzy events — felt pressure to wear dresses to impress Trump…
The NYTimes jumped in for even-handedness, of course…
…[W]hile many of the tweets were aimed at rejecting the idea that women should be restricted to some narrow sartorial category, the “dress like a woman” phrase, co-opted as a hashtag, didn’t come directly from Mr. Trump….
It’s clear that appearances matter to the president. Mr. Trump, the former owner of the Miss Universe Organization, has come under harsh criticism for rating women’s appearances on a scale of one to 10 and for hurling insults at female critics.
As a candidate, he readily attacked when people commented on the size of his hands or on his hair….
Like presidents past, Mr. Trump will most likely have some influence over style in the West Wing. The White House does not have an official dress code, according to its Press Office, but every administration has its own norms…
Such as KellyAnne Conway’s inauguration outfit?
Regardless, the comment has been a gift to Friday-night Twitter…
— Karen Romano Young (@DoodlebugKRY) February 3, 2017
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— Lisa A. Weir (@lisaweir77) February 3, 2017
— Amy Tan MD (@BlueHillSurgeon) February 4, 2017
— Christina R. (@PlanSciCRichey) February 3, 2017
— Jenny Scrivens (@JenScrivs) February 3, 2017
ETA: Apparently FYWP is afraid of KellyAnne Conway photos, because taking one out fixed the comment formatting problem.