All the times the internet called out Donald Trump for being unchivalrous

Elise Solé
President Trump has been called out for chauvinism on social media. (Photo: Getty Images)

Donald Trump has famously said, “I have tremendous respect for women,” but internet fact-checkers are challenging that statement, calling out the president for some unchivalrous behavior.

Trump’s latest breach of etiquette: Charging ahead of first lady Melania while boarding Air Force One in blustery weather. On Friday, cameras captured the first couple departing Washington, D.C., for North Carolina to attend the funeral of the Rev. Billy Graham, who died Feb. 21 at age 99.

In a video posted online, the president exits a black SUV and hurries up the plane’s stairs, seemingly oblivious to his wife, who walks steps behind him, struggling to keep her legs covered in the wind.

Trump’s move and the reactions it brought are echoes of the morning of Inauguration Day in January 2017, when, after arriving at the White House, Donald exited the car to greet Barack and Michelle Obama, leaving Melania trailing behind him with a gift for the first couple.

On Inauguration Day, Donald Trump left Melania holding a gift for the Obamas. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

People were just as puzzled in September when the first couple visited Florida to give a press conference on Hurricane Irma relief efforts. In ending his speech — with Melania by his side — the president said, “But I just want to thank everybody, the first responders, on behalf of myself, our vice president, Melania really wanted to be with us…” Social media joked that the president was oblivious to his wife’s whereabouts.

People on social media think President Trump forgot Melania was standing beside him during a press conference on Hurricane Irma in September 2017. (Photo: Getty Images)

And people are obsessed with this moment on Inauguration Day when Trump greeted Melania with a formal smile, a sharp contrast to Barack, who grabbed Michelle’s hand and kissed it.

On Super Bowl Sunday, Trump was called “creepy” for enjoying the game while surrounded by cheerleaders from Florida Atlantic University.

President Trump was photographed seemingly eyeing a cheerleader with Melania by his side. (Photo: Getty Images)

The president may not have publicly acknowledged his 13th wedding anniversary with Melania in January — instead, he marked the occasion with a tweet about the government shutdown  — but the internet did. Many noted the irony of the timing, given allegations that the president had paid off adult film star Stormy Daniels to deny their affair.

Donald and Melania Trump as newlyweds in 2005. (Photo: Getty Images)

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