Remember when comparing a politician’s wife to Lady MacBeth was sexist?
That was before Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R.) was on the brink of running for president. Now, it’s fair game to suggest his wife, Casey DeSantis—a former TV journalist, mother of three, and breast cancer survivor—is a schemer akin to Shakespeare’s iconic lady villain.
In a profile of Casey DeSantis published Friday, Politico senior writer Michael Kruse quoted four anonymous GOP operatives and dirty trickster Roger Stone, a loyalist of former president Donald Trump, to make the comparison.
LOL at Politico comparing Casey DeSantis to Lady Macbeth, what is this??
— Mary Margaret Olohan (@MaryMargOlohan) May 19, 2023
It was just a few months ago that Politico published an article arguing the “Lady MacBeth trope” reinforces “traditional gender roles that make any ambitious woman suspect.”
Nor was it so long ago that Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential run inspired a journalistic reckoning over comparing powerful women to Lady MacBeth.
Journalists deemed it sexist to call Michelle Obama “ungracious” and to question First Lady Jill Biden‘s status as a doctor (of education).
Wives of Democratic politicians are pathbreaking…