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Melania Trump Wore a Callous Jacket Claiming She Doesn't 'Really Care' on Her Trip to Meet Immigrant Children — And Her Defense Is Pathetic

Why would anyone wear this to a crisis situation?

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This isn't just a simple fashion faux pas.

First Lady Melania Trump, in a desperate attempt to soften the impact of her husbands cruel and reckless immigration policies, traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border on Thursday to visit children detained by the federal government. 

Amidst nationwide controversy and outcry against the capricious decisions President Donald Trump has made that led to thousands of children being ripped away from their parents, the first lady wore a jacket that said in white paint, "I really don't care, do u?"


The Daily Mail pointed out that this jacket is sold by Zara for $39, and the slogan appears to be an irreverent gimmick. But it's hard to think of a worse message to send as your husband is being accused of unleashing a policy that is nothing short of child abuse.

And when the first lady's team tried to respond to the people demanding an explanation for this callous message, they made the situation even worse.

"It's a jacket," said spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham in a statement. "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."

Indeed, there isn't a hidden message. There's a bold, unfeeling, explicit message written in clear print on the first lady's jacket. Imagine if Hillary Clinton had worn such a jacket while traveling visiting coal country.

The obvious response is to apologize. Even if it's unintentional, sending a demeaning message while trying to do outreach to vulnerable, oppressed immigrant children is a serious mistake, and public figures are responsible for both their intention and accidental communication.

Refusing to apologize just reinforces the idea that maybe the first lady doesn't really care about suffering children after all.

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Cody Fenwick is a reporter and editor. Follow him on Twitter @codytfenwick.