On June 21, Melania Trump was spotted wearing a drab green jacket, displaying text that wasn’t so drab: “I really don’t care, do u?” Her seemingly innocuous jacket created a buzz on cyberspace, not because it wasn’t fabulous but because she wore it while visiting detained immigrant children at the border. Of course, the liberal brigade immediately started their crucifixion, accusing her gesture (or maybe just outfit) of being insensitive and tone-deaf, considering the circumstances these children are facing.
The frenzy didn’t stop at name-calling though, her jacket has also been the subject of much analysis with people from the cornfields of Ohio to Jimmy Kimmel trying to “figure it out”. Of course, Trump came to her rescue Tweeting that the jacket was referring to the “Fake News Media” and how she simply doesn’t care about the outlets anymore, but people still were not convinced and have continued to shame her across social media.
Now, unless you’ve been living under a rock you know that on June 19, Trump reversed the child separation policy, stating his displeasure with the shocking images, although the zero-tolerance immigration policy would still be strongly enforced. While his seemingly impulsive actions puzzled those who loyally supported the policy, he cited how both Melania and Ivanka should be credited for its reversal. This is why it is so odd – even for liberals – that so many are jumping down her throat. It was she who impacted his decision, and what’s more, she obviously isn’t ignoring this issue and she must have compassion if she is making the effort to visit these children at all. Assuming that she isn’t going there to stick her tongue out and say, “nah, nah” to them, everyone just needs to back off.
We could all gain English degrees with the energy being spent analyzing her jacket’s meaning, but the real question is: do people really care? I personally haven’t heard this much outrage about the plight of immigrants since Trump got into office. I haven’t seen protests or read empathetic Tweets; I’ve heard nothing but the deafening sound of silence. Now, all of a sudden, everyone else is Mother Teresa while Trump’s administration is the Witch in Hansel and Gretel, once again proving that tearing down Trump is bigger than solving our nation’s problems. Even after having done exactly what citizens implored him to do, people still find a reason to take issue with the matter, forgoing the opportunity to find even more solutions to this seemingly irreparable issue.
Maybe her jacket did carry a deeper meaning, or maybe it was simply laundry day; whatever the case, her actions should be the topic of conversation and not her attire. She is a woman, a mother, visiting children in their most vulnerable and hopeless state. She’s taken actual steps when many have only run their mouths. So, the next time someone jumps at the chance to chastise the First Lady, perhaps they should answer her follow up question, “do you really care?”