Melania Trump visited Upbring New Hope Children’s Shelter in McAllen, Texas, yesterday. The shelter is part of “Lutheran Social Services of the South,” which is overseen by the Department of Health and Human Services.
The facility houses 55 children, only 10 percent of which were separated from their parents (as the rest were unaccompanied minors). (RELATED: First Lady Melania Trump Makes Surprise Visit to Immigration Facility in Texas).
Melania’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham told CNN that Melania went because she “went to see what’s real.” Unfortunately, CNN and most outlets are focused more on the jacket Melania wore on her trip than what she said while speaking at the shelter. CNN’s Jim Acosta tweeted: “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.'”
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
In all fairness, there was a lapse in judgment in wearing the jacket, given that the media is willing to attack the Trumps for literally anything. If they’ll attack Donald for calling murderous gang members “animals,” they’ll infer their own meaning from Melania’s jacket.
But then again, some context is missing here. Melania wore the jacket as she boarded her plane to McAllen, Texas. Once her plane landed, she never wore it when departing to enter the migrant facility. None of the photos you see of Melania wearing the jacket are within even a one-hundred-mile radius of the shelter.
As for the meaning of it? President Trump tweeted this morning that the controversial jacket was to make jabs at the media. “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!”
“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
In regards to this whole “controversy,” I must say; I really don’t care.
This is a non-story, but the president’s response is perfect. He’s not afraid to take on the liberal media, and they can’t stand it. The media is so used to Republicans rolling over that when President Trump fights back they lose their collective minds.
Kudos to President Trump and the First Lady for not backing down.