Did Melania Trump Troll Foes With ‘I Really Don’t Care’ Jacket During Border Visit?

Observers shocked and dismayed over first lady’s choice of fashion: “What is happening?”

Last Updated: June 21, 2018 @ 3:26 PM

Melania Trump’s choice of jacket sparked a groundswell of backlash as she visited the U.S.-Mexico border on Thursday.

Before her flight to Texas, Melania Trump was seen wearing a Zara jacket with the words “I really don’t care, do u?” emblazoned on the back, as initially reported by the Daily Mail. By the time she arrived, the first lady had changed jackets, but the damage was already done and fervor over the wardrobe quickly swept social media.

“Thank you for your refreshing honesty,” former federal ethics chief Walter Shaub said in a tweet. Several others chimed in with shock and criticism, some wondering aloud whether Trump was indirectly responding to the many vocal detractors of President Donald Trump’s recent policy that separated children from their families at the border.

The first lady’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said there was no message being sent at all, according to ABC reporter Meredith McGraw. “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,” Grisham said.

UPDATE: President Trump later tweeted about it, going against Grisham’s statement, saying the jacket’s message “refers to the Fake News Media.”

The first lady visited the Upbring New Hope Children’s Center in McAllen, Texas, and the trip was made with the intention to give support to children who have been separated from their parents, Grisham had previously stated, according to the Associated Press. Upbring New Hope Children’s Center helps children who crossed the border unaccompanied, not children who have been taken from their parents.

“She wanted to see everything for herself,” Grisham continued. “She told her staff she wanted to go and we made that happen.”

See reactions below to both her visit to Upbring and her wardrobe choice for the flight.

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