Melania Trump – ‘just a jacket’

Melania Trump has increased the controversy over the treatment of children separated from their parents and effectively incarcerated after trying to cross the Mexico-US border (there are claims some arrived at the border without their parents).

Boarding a plane on her way to visit migrant kids in Texas Melania was snapped wearing a jacket with ‘I don’t really care, do u?’ emblazoned on the back.

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Regardless of the reason for wearing this it was a public relations disaster waiting to happen, and so it transpired.

MSN: Social media cared about what Melania Trump wore on her way to visit migrant kids

The first lady was first photographed in the jacket — which the Daily Mail identified as a $39 jacket from fast fashion retailer Zara, though it appears to have previously sold out — boarding a plane in Maryland earlier Thursday. She was on her way to visit a shelter for migrant children, amid outrage over the Trump administration’s decision to separate thousands of children from their parents at the border. The practice was ended on Wednesday, but thousands of children have yet to be reunited with their parents.

Melania’s PR tried to play it down.

Stephanie Grisham, the first lady’s director of communications, sought to calm the furor and blamed the media for stirring it up.

“It’s just a jacket. There’s no message. I hope we can talk about her important visit with children today rather than her wardrobe choice,” Grisham said, earning suspicion from some quarters that the wardrobe choice was purposefully designed to bait the media.

If it was designed to bait the media it worked, but not very well for the already widely criticised Trumps. Melania had been seen as the sensitive one with some social conscience, but that image has taken a hit.

It’s debatable whether it’s “just a jacket”. Grisham and the Trumps will be well aware of media interest in what Melania might wear.

Arriving back in Maryland, Mrs. Trump was captured on camera again. The jacket was back.

That suggests it may have been a deliberate attempt at media diversion. And the Donald added to the media attention.

That’s a lame response, even by his standards.

I really don’t care if Trump tries to blame reporting on the media. Do you?

This was very insensitive, and  if it was deliberately provocative it was a a very stupid situation to be doing it in.

This later tweet doesn’t help.

39 Comments

  1. Corky

     /  June 23, 2018

    I wonder who owns ” I really do care, do you? Inc”

    • Corky

       /  June 23, 2018

      One lawyer on One News stated taking children off illegal immigrants could be classed as kidnapping. Geez, where do these idiots come from?

      • David

         /  June 23, 2018

        California?

      • MaureenW

         /  June 23, 2018

        Only when they’re handed over to traffickers (as the were under Obama)

  2. Gezza

     /  June 23, 2018

    Definitel now looks like a cynical publicity stunt from the Trumps – both of them.

    • Gezza

       /  June 23, 2018

      *y

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  June 23, 2018

        I did wonder if it was meant to be satirical, as she had shown that she cared by speaking out against her husband and was now going to visit the people.

  3. Patzcuaro

     /  June 23, 2018

    The French version

    • Zedd

       /  June 23, 2018

      touche.. 🙂

      “YES I do care.. even if my jacket says the opposite” ?

      MrT finally realised he was wrong.. but instead of admitting it, he send Mrs ‘Fake news’ to take the heat off ??

      • Zedd

         /  June 23, 2018

        does anyone really believe.. ‘its was just a jacket..’ with no obvious overtones ?

        More Reality TV/Fake news.. from ‘the master’

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  June 23, 2018

          Matt Davis is incredibly ignorant of French history. Marie Antoinette did not say that, it’s an urban myth, it’s a mistranslation of the French anyway, Antoinette was her Christian name and nobody would have called the Queen Madam Antoinette. It would be like calling Queen Eizabeth Mrs Elizabeth (I don’t know what her second Christian name is)

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  June 23, 2018

            Madame Antoinette.

            It would be like calling the Queen Mrs Alexandra.

          • Gezza

             /  June 23, 2018

            What is an accurate English translation of what she did actually say?

            Tbh I thought he spoiled it by using her name anyway. Mythical or not this claimed statement is so well-known, hearing or seeing it I bet is the first time everybody hears of Marie Antionette. I’d have stopped at ‘Madame’.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  June 24, 2018

              There isn’t one because she never said it. It was a malicious urban myth. Someone a long time before is supposed to have asked ‘why they didn’t eat brioches’ when there was a bread shortage, but I forget who.

  4. Alloytoo

     /  June 23, 2018

    It occurs to me that many of those complaining about mrs trumps jacket, are the same folk who are likely to wear T-Shirts with genocidal socialists on them.

    • Gezza

       /  June 23, 2018

      Dunno. Probably wrong there. That’s the hippy generation. Guevara & Mao are a lot better known for what they really were & really did now. Nobody got into Pol Pot T shirts. If there are still any, they’d be vastly outnumbered by the number of Trump voters with Hitler T-shirts & various Nazi or Nazi-style insignia these days, would be my bet.

    • Not much tee shirt wearing here at this time of year, let alone featuring genocidal socialists.

      Are those defending the jacket genocidal conservatives?

  5. Trump has suggested that they should drop any efforts to change the law on immigration to promote Republican chances in the mid-term elections so they have enough votes to pass whatever legislation Trump wants.

  6. Patzcuaro

     /  June 23, 2018

    Maybe Melania just picked up the wrong jacket, it was really Donald’s jacket.

    • MaureenW

       /  June 23, 2018

      Does selective caring matter – same happened under Obama.
      Can you recognise a political beat up when you see one?

    • David

       /  June 23, 2018

      “The problem for @realDonaldTrump is that we DO care…about getting him out of office”

      That is indeed the truth. It has nothing to do with the children..

      • Gezza

         /  June 23, 2018

        Well, I think it probably does have something to do do with the children but that’s only one several reasons.