In the early days of her Senate run, Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) was criticized for wearing a cropped top and short skirt to a fundraising event, and a photo of her wearing a “Cheetah Print” swimsuit was shared on social media.
“It’s a lot of work to have the right kind of clothes on and you know what, if you don’t want to wear it, just go to your local mall and buy some other stuff,” Baldwin told reporters after she defeated then-Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D) in 2020.
“I’ve worn a lot in the past.
It’s a pretty good thing to be wearing a crop top and shorts.”
In her own post-Senate years, she has tried to address the negative perception surrounding her dress.
“You can be as modest as you want,” she told CNN in January, adding that she was proud of her “long sleeve dress” during the 2020 election.
“That’s one of the things I’m most proud of is that I was able to wear something that didn’t make a lot about my gender, but that made a lot difference in people’s perceptions of me.”
In 2017, she shared a photo on Instagram of herself with her husband, Sean, who had previously worn a cropped dress to a fundraiser.
“My husband and I, he’s wearing a tuxedo.
We’re wearing a T-shirt,” Baldwin tweeted at the time.
“His shirt says ‘I’m going to win.’
I’m wearing a dress.”
In February 2018, Baldwin joined the Trump administration, where she quickly rose to become one of his first White House staffers.
She has been known to wear a cropped shirt and skinny jeans on the campaign trail, and has also worked on behalf of Trump during his presidency.
During the 2016 election, she was one of several female candidates to receive death threats after her husband’s death, which led to her resigning as a CNN contributor.
“When I think about the women who have been the victims of hate and intimidation and harassment, and I don’t think we’re going to get a lot done without a lot more women, we’ve done this before,” Baldwin said at the White House Correspondents Dinner in May.
“We’ve done a lot, and it doesn’t have to be about me.”