First Ladies (and women in politics in general) are often unfairly critiqued on their wardrobe, an issue to which men are largely immune.
For example, Trump’s suits are so ill-fitting he looks like he pieced them together from the mix and match bin at a costume store – but people rarely call him on it.
By contrast, Michelle Obama was always underdressed, overdressed, or spending too much money on a “luxurious wardrobe,” according to the conservative blogosphere.
The current FLOTUS, Melania Trump, endures similar scrutiny when it comes to her White House closet. The major difference is that the third Mrs. Trump’s outfits are generally criticized for perceived insensitivity, like when she wore towering black stilettos to visit areas destroyed by the 2017 hurricane season.
The First Lady looked absolutely fierce that day- her outfit just didn’t belong in towns ravaged by high winds and heavy flooding, suggesting a detachment from all those
On Thursday morning, Melania ventured to the Mexican-American border to visit with the children that her husband’s administration locked in cages. The visit seemed genuine, from her remarks to the guards in charge of the centers to photos of her interacting with children.
But it was her choice of garment prior to embarkation that drew the nation’s attention for its unmistakable message:
“I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U[sic]?”
According to CNN’s Jim Acosta, Melania’s spokesperson confirmed the jacket said what photographers captured, and brought up the hurricane heel fiasco hoping the media wouldn’t “choose to focus on her wardrobe”:
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
Just like Melania’s heels last summer, there’s something strange about her outerwear but it goes beyond the poorly timed message: the jacket is not designer.
That in and of itself is not a problem, until you consider the source. Melania is a woman who lives part-time in a Manhattan penthouse with a gold-plated toilet, but the military-fatigue parka is from mid-level retailer Zara, a store which imitates high fashion at a fraction of the price.
Since Melania is married to a supposed billionaire (a statistic never confirmed since Trump never released his taxes), she can quite literally afford any outfit she wants.
As her husband sinks the national economy, frugality is understandable… but why choose a $39 jacket with such a callous message the same day as a visit to imprisoned children?
If it was merely an oversight by the First Lady, the choice confirms the flagrant indifference and total detachment the Trump family has to anyone in need.
Either way, she may not have worn Prada, but she’s still the devil.