He’s got to be kidding.
Perpetually out of touch conservative talking head Rush Limbaugh believes the nude photos of Melania Trump that graced the cover of the New York Post recently might “wrap up” the LGBTQ vote for Donald Trump.
The photo shoot features the potential first lady cuddling up with a similarly disrobed woman and dates back to the mid-nineties when Trump was a model going by the name Melania K.
“These are, what would you call, girl-on-girl, I think is the – yes, nude girl-on-girl photos with Melania and other women. I think this probably might wrap up the LGBT vote for Trump. You never know how these things are seen, you never know,” Limbaugh said.
Apparently he thinks the LGBTQ community will be more swayed by someone playing gay for the course of an afternoon than by a rabidly anti-LGBTQ platform, a candidate who has promised to overturn the same-sex marriage decision and a vice presidential candidate that makes Trump look pro-gay by comparison.
“And the single white male vote, particularly the some or no college educated white male vote,” he added.
That may be closer to the truth, although it is safe to say that that is the one group Trump already has nailed down.
“I mean isn’t this the type of stuff that makes people big stars today, on Twitter, and Facebook, TMZ? I mean, this is just the Kardashians, in a sense of subject type stuff. I mean, it’s relatable,” Limbaugh continued.
The New York Post describes the photos by saying:
The raciest of the photos shows Melania lying nude in a bed as Scandinavian model Emma Eriksson, also naked, embraces her from behind, just below her breasts, which are fully exposed.
In another photo, Eriksson wears sheer stockings, a low-cut bustier, high heels and a long robe — all designed by John Galliano — and raises a whip as if preparing to spank Melania, who pretends to recoil. Melania is more conservatively dressed in a skin-tight gown and high heels.
“I always loved women together, because I have been with a lot of women who desired the ménage à trois,” said Jarl Ale de Basseville, the French fashion photographer who snapped the pictures.
Trump adviser Jason Miller said the photos are “nothing to be embarassed about.”
Can you imagine he and his counterparts having this reaction if Michelle Obama had posed nude prior to her husband running for president? Likely they would have been singing a different, “what kind of role model is this?” tune.