Remember the time Melania Trump left to visit the relief effort in Houston from Hurricane Harvey and the media questioned her choice to wear stiletto heels, which one reporter deemed “not exactly disaster friendly”? Of course, she changed into tennis shoes on the plane, but it gave the media something to gripe about.
That’s why Allahpundit over at Twitchy sister site Hot Air is right today when he says 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.”
FLOTUS should apologize for subjecting America to all of the stupid, predictable late-night jokes this is going to inspire https://t.co/xRoCmnjZF8
— Allahpundit (@allahpundit) June 21, 2018
We like to think the first lady was just trolling the media, and of course, CNN’s Jim Acosta was among those to bite:
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
“I hope the media isn’t going to choose to focus on her wardrobe.” Yeah, right.
White House confirms https://t.co/loF5k3WGbe
— Tim Mak (@timkmak) June 21, 2018
Acosta did some research at The Daily Mail to learn more about the jacket.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) June 21, 2018
And just as with her previous trip to Texas, Mrs. Trump changed clothes on the plane, so no, she wasn’t wearing the jacket while visiting the children.
A very misleading tweet.
She did not wear the jacket while visiting the kids in Texas, she wore it as she was boarding a plane in Maryland.
— Ryan Saavedra 🇺🇸 (@RealSaavedra) June 21, 2018
SHE REMOVED THAT JACKET BEFORE GETTING OFF THE PLANE. STOP THE STUPID DRAMA.
— Tanya Grimsley (@luvGodncountry) June 21, 2018
I watched the coverage. @FLOTUS did not have that jacket on while going into the shelter, nor when she left the shelter. She wore the jacket when boarding the plane. Planes get cold.
— Kathleen Caton 🇺🇸 (@KMCaton) June 21, 2018
Maybe it’s a message to the media… because y’all clearly crazy.
— ☾ I Z ❁ (@izabellatelenga) June 21, 2018
Melania's messaging is obscure, shall we say
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) June 21, 2018
I would be more concerned about #MelaniaTrump wearing an "I Don't Care" jacket if that REALLY WAS the First Lady getting into the jet.
"Sources" tell me #FLOTUS is being kept incommunicado at a secret facility under the Department of Agriculture building.
Don't be sheeple.
— (((Mike Glenn))) (@mrglenn) June 21, 2018
Yep … how do we know she’s still not using a body double since that, ahem, “kidney surgery”?
Did the jacket project the best optics now that the media has people so worked up over family separations that people are doxxing ICE agents to harass at their homes and their kids’ schools? Probably not. But we like to think if there was an intended message, it was for the press and whatever they have to say about the first lady’s trip.
Unrelated, Melania shops at Zara? https://t.co/2IgXT6zuUx
— Asma Khalid (@asmamk) June 21, 2018
Just to pick up that particular jacket with that particular message, obviously.
You had one job, Melania. https://t.co/xlePE3mzQC
— MaryElizabeth Williams (@embeedub) June 21, 2018
If that job was trolling, she succeeded. As Twitchy already reported, progressives were already prepared to tear into her visit, so why not?
Melania Trump is trolling:
(2) Donald; or
(3) all of the above. https://t.co/NZogdUeGg3
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) June 21, 2018
For the record, here’s what she wore to tour the actual social services center in McAllen, Texas.
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) June 21, 2018
Good optics? No. But we’re really looking forward to the CNN panel tonight deconstructing #Jacketgate.
Not sure what I love most about Jacketgate (totally went there):
1- That she wore it.
2- The she even owned the damn thing in the first place.
3- That it's now the center of attention for the political media.
— Drew McCoy (@_Drew_McCoy_) June 21, 2018
More media coverage of a jacket than a celebrity calling for the President's son to be kidnapped and raped. One of these is far more outrageous, but only one furthers the cycle the media prefer.
— Harold Stickeehands (@StickeeNotes) June 21, 2018
Harvey update: Media analyzes its own analysis of Melania Trump’s shoes, finds it not sexist https://t.co/Dm6ObRpbXl
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) August 31, 2017