The chatterati are aflame about it this afternoon, including POTUS’s friends at CNN, even though it’s obviously just an unfortunate oversight.
— Tim Mak (@timkmak) June 21, 2018
The perfect thing to wear on a visit to a — lemme check my notes here … children’s shelter near the border amid a raging immigration debate about how the feds should treat kids.
But wait. Turns out she had the jacket on while leaving from Andrews AFB but not when she arrived in Texas. The little ones never saw it. If there was a message, it wasn’t for them.
And why would anyone deliberately wear a dismissive message like that on a goodwill visit, particularly one involving children? FLOTUS opposes child separation, remember, even taking the unusual step of issuing a statement about it a few days before Trump got rid of it. By all accounts she was warm and gracious at the shelter. She probably grabbed something and forgot that there was writing on the back, not remembering until she was onboard the plane and someone noticed. Useful lesson for people involved in politics, though: Get rid of any clothing with messages scrawled on it, especially messages broadcasting callousness.
Her aides say it’s an accident:
‘It’s a jacket. There was no hidden message. After today’s important visit to Texas, I hope this isn’t what the media is going to choose to focus on,’ Melania Trump’s communications director Stephanie Grisham told the DailyMail.com in a statement.
No matter. Frum has seen the future and it is bleak:
Every Democrat who visits the border from now on will wear a jacket or shirt that reads, “I really do care, and i know you do too,” if only because the people who work for them are minimally competent at their jobs
— David Frum (@davidfrum) June 21, 2018
FLOTUS should apologize. Not for the message on her jacket but for inadvertently subjecting America to all of the stupid, predictable late-night jokes this is going to inspire. Samantha Bee’s no doubt having a coat with a dopey retort scrawled on the back being tailored as I write this. Some hack somewhere has no doubt already begun banging out a hot take about how the GOP has devolved from “Message: I care” to “I really don’t care, do U?”
If you think this is weird, wait until Trump starts wearing a suit jacket with “F*** You” on the back.
Update: Er, as it turns out, she apparently was wearing the jacket when she got off the plane. I still don’t think the kids at the shelter saw it. I think. Hope?
Update: Whether this is true or not, after weeks of moronic media speculation about her dropping out of public view while recovering from surgery, she’d be entitled to taunt them a little:
“I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?” written on the back of Melania’s jacket, refers to the Fake News Media. Melania has learned how dishonest they are, and she truly no longer cares!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2018