Melania Trump flew to visit immigrant children while wearing coat that said 'I really don't care'
Yesterday President Trump signed an executive order stopping the inhumane practice of separating children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. Of course, his administration was responsible for encouraging this inhumane practice, as past of a "zero tolerance" immigration policy passed last May. Should you get credit for cleaning up your own mess? When Ivanka thanked her dad on Twitter, one person joked, "You don't thank the kidnapper for releasing the hostages."
Many Americans were relieved to see Trump change his mind. According to Politifact, some 2,000 children were cruelly separated from their parents - and no, this was not Barack Obama's policy. The images of kids staying in prison-like detention centers are haunting. Audio leaked of children crying for their mother. Also, there have been allegations of abuse. Immigrant kids at a detention center in Virginia claim the guards beat them while handcuffed, locked them in solitary confinement, and left them naked in concrete cells.
All five living first ladies opposed this policy, including the current First Lady, Melania Trump. On Thursday, FLOTUS boarded a plane at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, to fly to Texas and visit immigrant children at the U.S.-Mexico border. However, she made the absolute worst fashion choice. Melania wore a green military jacket with the phrase, "I really don’t care. Do u?"
It sounds like a joke, but somehow, this actually happened. The jacket is made by Zara, and is available to buy for just $39. So, if you have a trip scheduled to visit children in need, and want to send extremely mixed messages, pick it up! (In the above image, Melania is wearing the jacket on the left, and an image of the jacket from Zara's website is on the right. Another angle of Melania wearing the coat is below.)
Thankfully, Melania just wore the jacket while boarding the plane. It would have been pretty awkward if she wore it while visiting the children. According to a statement, the purpose of the trip was "to take part in briefings and tours at a nonprofit social services center for children who have entered the United States illegally and a customs and border patrol processing center."
The Huffington Post asked Melania's spokesperson, Stephanie Grisham, if the First Lady had seen the images of children being detained. "She's heard the recordings," stated Grisham. "She was on top of the situation before any of that came out. She was concerned about it. The images struck her, as a mother, as a human being."
The Huffington Post followed up by asking Grisham about Melania's offensive outfit. "I’d hope you guys would want to cover her visit with children today," replied Grisham. "It’s a jacket. There was no hidden message. After today’s important visit to Texas, I hope the media isn’t going to choose to focus on her wardrobe. (Much like her high heels last year)." (In 2017, Melania was criticized for wearing stiletto heels while visiting hurricane victims in Texas.)
I mean, it's hard not to focus on Melania's wardrobe, when she boards a plane to visit immigrant children, and is wearing a jacket with the giant phrase, "I really don't care. do u?" Maybe next time she’ll wear a jacket with the definition of empathy.