Melania Trump's 'I Really Don't Care' Jacket Did Not Go Over Well

Oscar Cross
June 22, 2018

The trip from Melania Trump was an unusually high-profile moment from the normally reserved first lady and comes as her office has tried to emphasize her desire for the migrant children to be treated humanely.

She spoke to many individually through a translator, and as she walked out she told them: "Be kind and nice to each other, OK?"

First lady Melania Trump visits the Upbring New Hope Children Center, run by the Lutheran Social Services of the South, in McAllen, Texas, Thursday, June 21, 2018.

The images of Melania Trump sporting the olive green khaki jacket as she boarded a flight to Texas - which immediately went viral - surfaced as the White House struggles to calm global anger over the practice of splitting migrant children from their parents.

If the first lady's spokeswoman was right and there really was no message inherent in the words splashed across her clothing, then maybe she actually, truly, is saying: "I really don't care".

The outrage was immediate. "I REALLY DON'T CARE, DO U?" written on the back of Melania's jacket, refers to the Fake News Media", he wrote.

When HuffPost asked Trump publicist Stephanie Grisham of the outfit, Grisham said: "I'd hope you guys would want to cover her visit with children today".

Grisham did not confirm where the jacket came from.

She added: "I hope we can talk about her important visit with children today rather than her wardrobe choice".

Media personality Toure wondered in a Tweet whether Melania Trump or those around her gave much thought to the message on the jacket.


"The first lady landed in McAllen, Texas under a heavy downpour, her motorcade driving through deep water to the Upbring New Hope Children's Shelter, a federally-funded facility that houses around 60 children from Honduras and El Salvador, ages five to 17".

Reactions to the wardrobe choice were mixed on social media. Immigration advocate David Leopold said he first assumed, when a friend sent him the photos, that it was an altered photo meant to be a joke.

The awkwardness of the situation wasn't lost on many online, including Dictionary.com, who said it showed indifference. "It's inexcusable. It's shameful".

President Trump had his own theory Thursday evening.

Like it or not, Mrs. Trump's jacket, which reportedly retailed at $39, had her trending on Twitter.

But her choice on Thursday called to mind another trip to Texas.

Mrs. Trump's forays into public life have often been knocked off message.

The First Lady made it too easy.

Plans for her to visit a second facility where children housed in cages were seen by The Associated Press last week were canceled because of flooding there. The first lady signed it as well.

And over the weekend, the Flotus" spokesman said she wished to see the crisis tackled "with heart', suggesting she was not in favour of the enforced separation.

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