- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Anna Wintour, the longtime editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine and a prominent Democrat, said there’s “no point” in whining about President Trump and that people need to learn how to move on and work together.

Ms. Wintour, who supported Hillary Clinton’s failed presidential bid, told The Business of Fashion that people should stop being so “hyper-engaged” in the Trump presidency now that the shock of his election win has started to wear off.

“I feel now that people are accepting it a little bit more, it’s becoming — I don’t want to say normal — but they realize this is just the state of play,” she said. “Now is the time when we need to really start to assess what it’s going to be. Because I think it’s been so much, so fast and so incredibly different from what many of us have believed the direction that this country might go.

“I think it was very, very hard to really understand and process,” she added. “I feel that it is calming down a little bit and now is the time when we really do need to see what we can do and how we can be helpful to the causes we believe in.”

Borrowing a quote from fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg, Ms. Wintour said “there’s no point about whining or complaining or screaming” about Mr. Trump.

“The country voted,” she said. “So what can we do now to be most helpful and to also stand up for what we believe in? People can have disagreements. They feel equally strongly about what they think is right as we do about [what we think] is right. So let’s try — to use a well-worn phrase — to reach across the aisle and see what we can do to work together. I really believe that — because just dissent is not enough.”

Ms. Wintour, who met with Mr. Trump at Trump Tower in December, said she has known the New York business mogul since the 1980s and has worked with his daughter, Ivanka Trump, at Vogue.

Ivanka has had a long history with the magazine, and I have respect for Ivanka and everything that she has achieved,” she said.

Despite calls in the fashion industry to boycott the first family and their business empire, Ms. Wintour said Vogue will continue its tradition of covering the first lady.

“We always photograph or cover in some way the first ladies, so as I’ve said before, I can’t imagine that we wouldn’t at some point cover the first lady, but we’ve got nothing planned right now,” she said. “I think we have to respect the office of the president of the United States of America and I think we also need to respect different points of view. It doesn’t mean that we are necessarily agreeing with everything that they say, but a lot of the country does.”

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