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'Symbolic Armor': New York Times Praises CNN Kaitlan Collins for Wearing Hillary Clinton-Inspired 'Pristine White Pantsuit' in Trump Town Hall

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May 12 2023, Published 12:30 p.m. ET

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CNN's Kaitlan Collins came prepared for her town hall with former president Donald Trump, donning a flawlessly-tailored white suit for the occasion, which marked his first appearance on the embattled network since 2016.

Collins' sartorial display for the evening appeared to be a strategic choice, garnering praise from the New York Times for going face-to-face with Trump in her "symbolic armor." It was noted that after Hillary Clinton ran for president, the pristine white pantsuit practically became "a ceremonial public expression of female strength."

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In 2016, a grass-roots movement gained traction on social media, inspiring women to #WearWhiteToVote in solidarity with the American suffragists, and the fashion trend has continued.

Kamala Harris, the first Black and first South Asian Vice President-elect, set Twitter abuzz by wearing a white pantsuit paired with a bow blouse after winning the election on November 7, 2020. "I stand on their shoulders," she said in credit to the women before her who fought for voting rights.

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The NYT highlighted how women of the House wore a similar style for the State of the Union in 2019. And the list goes on: even Melania Trump wore a cream-colored pantsuit when she stepped out after the Stormy Daniels scandal the year prior.

Collins, for her part, has proven to be a force as the network's youngest former Chief White House Correspondent.

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She has been serving as host for CNN This Morning with now-fired Don Lemon and Poppy Harlow, and there's been rumbles that Collins will soon be offered a primetime gig after CEO Chris Licht applauded her "masterful performance" at the town hall on an editorial call.

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Although Trump predicted his town hall could have been a "disaster for all," the GOP frontrunner had a change of heart after the event.

"People are criticizing CNN for giving me a Forum to tell the TRUTH," Trump wrote on his social media platform on Thursday night. "I believe it was a very smart thing that they did, with Sky High Ratings that they haven't seen in a very long time."

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