First Lady Melania Trump made an unannounced visit to the southern border on Thursday morning to visit one of the detention centers housing immigrant children — but it was the jacket she wore while boarding the plane at Joint Base Andrews that has everyone’s hackles raised.
The jacket, according to The Daily Mail, is a $39 Zara piece in military olive green. It has the words “I really don’t care, do u?” emblazoned on the back.
— Tim Mak (@timkmak) June 21, 2018
The immediate reaction was outrage and confusion.
This is very odd. https://t.co/OjzGzlntuf
— Philip Bump (@pbump) June 21, 2018
This is not a joke.
Melania Trump wore a jacket to visit child detention centers that read: “I really don’t care. Do u?”
I’m actually speechless. https://t.co/Ume21zIGra
— Zac Petkanas (@Zac_Petkanas) June 21, 2018
This can’t be real https://t.co/SnJ2yPy54f
— Katie Rogers (@katierogers) June 21, 2018
When your jacket tells the world have you feel… https://t.co/heYK6k3GcN
— Roland Scahill (@rolandscahill) June 21, 2018
The Melania jacket thing is another one of those headlines where a casual news consumer would read the headline and assume it is an exaggeration/lie because it’s basically unbelievable.
— Chris Wilson (@realchriswilson) June 21, 2018
There was no sign of the green jacket when Melania deplaned, and she completed her tour of the detention center in McAllen, Texas, in a solid cream-colored jacket.
She visited with the children and border patrol officers, even pausing in the rain to greet and take photos with local law enforcement.
— Kate Bennett (@KateBennett_DC) June 21, 2018
Just last year, the first lady was dragged for wearing stilettos as she boarded the plane at Andrews en route to tour hurricane ravaged Houston — but by the time she deplaned, she had changed into work boots. She repeated the midair shoe change en route to more than one disaster area, which most interpreted as a silent snub of media — and a few wondered if she was sending the same message with her jacket.
i’ll see your irma stiletto and raise you a fuck you jacket https://t.co/zXgDeMVNjK
— Bridget Read (@bridgetgillard) June 21, 2018
When CNN’s Jim Acosta caught up with her, however, the first lady’s spokeswoman said that sometimes a jacket is just a jacket.
FLOTUS spox confirms Mrs. Trump wore a jacket to visit border kids that reads: “I really don’t care. Do you?” Spox says: “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.” pic.twitter.com/Bp4Z8n455G
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) June 21, 2018