Mod: It probably wasn't the best fashion statement for the First Lady to making right about now. Of course, that is assuming Melania even understood the impression she might be leaving with those who would be reading the back of her specially embossed Zara military jacket. But wouldn't you think that there might have been an image handler somewhere in her retinue who could have advised her against wearing it?
But the outcry was not about the content of her visit so much as her attire. As Trump boarded her plane to Texas, she was photographed wearing a jacket that read, “I really don’t care. Do U?” While she was not wearing the jacket when she landed in McAllen, Texas, according to CNN, the First Lady’s choice of attire struck many as insensitive. Her husband’s administration has received widespread criticism in recent weeks over its “zero-tolerance” immigration policy, which has led to thousands of children being separated from their parents at the border while the adults are charged with illegally crossing into the U.S.
After the intense backlash, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order on Wednesday reversing the administration’s stance on family separation and saying families should be detained together. But immigrants’ advocates say this does not solve the problem and have accused the administration of not caring about the immigrants it is detaining.
When the internet took notice of Melania Trump’s jacket on Thursday, her communications director responded by saying there was no “hidden message.”
“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,” the First Lady’s Communications Director Stephanie Grisham said in a statement.
Sorry Stephanie, but if you are the First Lady and wear something controversial written on your back while on your way to a highly publicized photo-op, people are going to talk. And there was an explosion of Internet activity about all of this. Here are a few of that Tweets that were making the rounds yesterday.
Even the fashion forward lexicographers at Dictionary.com got in on the excitement.