Republican David Jolly, a former member of congress from Florida, spoke on MSNBC Thursday about something that has a lot of people talking: First Lady Melania Trump and that jacket.
By now, anyone on social media has seen images of the coat the FLOTUS chose to wear during part of her trip to visit children separated from their families and detained under her husband’s zero tolerance policy.
In May, President Donald Trump had Attorney General Jeff Sessions enact the policy change, treating all people entering the United States without prior authorization as criminals to be prosecuted for the misdemeanor crime in criminal court. Asylum seekers, families with children, and unaccompanied minors often were sent to civil immigration court in the past instead of criminal court, under the discretionary powers of federal prosecutors.
The new Trump policy removed that discretionary privilege from the Justice Department. Now viewed as criminals, asylum seekers and families were remanded to federal jail awaiting criminal prosecution. As such, all minor children were taken into federal custody away from their families.
After separating over 2,300 children including infants from their families, Trump signed an executive order to keep the families together while federal prosecutors proceed with criminal prosecutions for all. The concentration camps set up for the children in preparation for the overflow will now house families.
The executive order came after international outcry over the callousness of the zero tolerance policy and heavy public criticism for its heartlessness. And the FLOTUS’ fashion choice for her site visit with affected children did not help the Trump family image at all.
— Tim Mak (@timkmak) June 21, 2018
As soon as the first photos of Mrs. Trump boarding her plane to head to Texas, wearing a Zara jacket featuring “I REALLY DON’T CARE DO U?” on the back, emerged online, public outcry began. Before the first lady even finished her Texas visit, news media around the world had picked up the story.
Mrs. Trump’s office stated there was no message to the jacket and it was dismissed as an unfortunate oversight by some. But then when the FLOTUS deplaned in Washington DC, she donned the jacket again in view of photographers and onlookers.
And Jolly called her on it. Once can be a fashion faux pas, but twice is a deliberate choice.