An unnamed New York Times reporter made a derogatory remark about Melania Trump during a fashion event on Sunday.
"Sat next to a journalist from the NYT last night who told me "Melania is a hooker". Whatever your politics it's crucial to call this out for. In February 2016, she wrote an essay in Lenny Letter about being sexualized from a young age in a society that can't seem to allow women to be sexual on their own terms without judgment.
The tweet was Trump's first since Saturday and only the fifth since her official White House account was created last month.
Mrs Trump then tweeted in praise of women who stand up for women.
The New York Times was not pleased about the reporter's comment and issued a statement saying the news organization agreed that the reporter's comments were "inappropriate". Still, you can call her out for complacency, but let's keep the sexist attacks out of it.
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The comment became public knowledge on Monday after supermodel Emily Ratajkowski stated that she heard what was said and was outraged over it.
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"She also added the hashtag, "#PowerOfTheFirstLady". Murphy said editors have spoken with the reporter.
The exact context of the journalist's alleged commment is unknown, but it may have been in reference to a now-retracted and discredited story from the Daily Mail that claimed the First Lady allegedly worked as an escort while she was a model. "I acknowledge that these false statements were very harmful and hurtful to Mrs. Trump and her family, and therefore I sincerely apologize to Mrs. Trump, her son, her husband and her parents for making these false statements".