First Lady Melania Trump travelled to Texas today to visit immigrant children being detained at the border wearing a jacket with the phrase, “I really don’t care, do u?” scrawled on the back.
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The first lady can be seen boarding a plane at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland headed for Texas wearing a $39 army green military-inspired jacket from Zara with the flippant phrase written out in graffiti-style lettering. When she deplaned in Texas, she had changed into a fitted cream-coloured Safari jacket.
Trump, who works with personal stylist Hervé Pierre, often changes her clothing en route to a destination, so it’s not known if she was alerted to the potentially offensive message on her jacket or if she had already planned to change into something else.
Stephanie Grisham, the first lady’s spokesperson, insisted that there was no ulterior message to her attire, stating simply, “It’s a jacket. There was no hidden message.”
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She followed it up with a plea to focus on the visit and not her clothing.
“After today’s important visit to Texas, I hope this isn’t what the media is going to choose to focus on.”
NEW: @FLOTUS spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham when asked what message the first lady's jacket intends to send: "It's a jacket. There was no hidden message. After today's important visit to Texas, I hope this isn't what the media is going to choose to focus on."
— Meridith McGraw (@meridithmcgraw) June 21, 2018
However, social media users were quick to jump on the provocative message and use it as fodder to question her motives.
Looks like the first lady of America is sending a clear message to the rest of the world
— Tainted Factotum (@ChrisConrady) June 21, 2018
got it, so we now know for sure that @FLOTUS doesn’t care about brown children.
— Sundae93 (@sundaegirl93) June 21, 2018
If @Flotus spokespeople does not want us to focus on her clothing maybe she shouldn’t wear a jacket saying she doesn’t care. Way to”Be Best”, Melanie
— jen (@unmatchedsock) June 21, 2018
We know pic.twitter.com/b9E5G11J9V
— MommaT (@tweetmommybop) June 21, 2018
Despite his wife’s spokesperson saying there was no hidden message, Donald Trump took to Twitter and said the message referred to the “fake news media.”
“I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?” written on the back of Melania’s jacket, refers to the Fake News Media. Melania has learned how dishonest they are, and she truly no longer cares!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2018
Melania Trump’s decision to head to Texas comes on the heels of a widely-criticized tweet she sent out two days earlier, in which she thanked Queen Letizia of Spain for having tea with her and discussing ways to “positively impact children.”
Many called the statement “tone-deaf” in light of the fact that her husband, President Donald Trump, had enacted a “zero tolerance” law that saw immigrant children of those seeking to illegally enter the United States separated from their parents and held in detention centres.
The first lady has been uncharacteristically vocal about her feelings on this policy. Earlier this week, she said that she “hates to see children separated from their families,” according to Grisham.
During her visit today, Trump said she was “looking forward to meeting the children.”
In addition, Grisham laid out Trump’s reasons for visiting the facility.
“Her goals are to thank law enforcement and social services providers for their hard work, lend support and hear more on how the administration can build upon the already existing efforts to reunite children with their families,” she said.
While Grisham insists that today’s choice of attire did not have a “hidden message,” others have pointed out that in the past, Trump’s fashion decisions were, in fact, poignant.
During the presidential campaign, after the notorious Access Hollywood tape was leaked, the former model wore a pussy bow blouse that did not go unnoticed by the media. Similarly, she has worn culturally-inspired outfits during visits to both Saudi Arabia and Japan.
Consciously or not, the first lady was seen to be sending a message on this otherwise altruistic trip. And it’s one that many won’t soon forget.
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