The jacket seen round the world certainly made headlines this week after first lady Melania Trump wore a green cargo jacket with bold white writing that read: “I really don’t care. Do you?”
The odd wardrobe choice would have probably been big news regardless of when the first lady wore it, but given that she was en route to Texas to visit a center housing migrant children, the jacket caused a major stir.
Nearly every media outlet in the country covered what’s now being called #jacketgate, but there was a stark difference in coverage depending on which news network you happened to be watching.
CNN’s Anderson Cooper was noticeably baffled by the choice, saying he thought the writing was a “joke,” Photoshopped on after the fact. Today show’s White House correspondent Peter Alexander said, “Nothing the former model does is accidental,” implying that the first lady was, in fact, sending a hidden message with the jacket.
In contrast, Fox News contributors on Your World brushed off the jacket, saying, “She didn’t wear it to the actual event.” Conservative social media stars Diamond and Silk said on Fox and Friends that Melania Trump’s wardrobe choice was not a mistake. “She just proved a point: just how dumb the left really is to be focusing on a jacket and wording instead of focusing on her actions.”
Fox News host Laura Ingraham of The Ingraham Angle is receiving quite a bit of backlash for her response to #jacketgate. During her show, Ingraham lightheartedly brushed off criticism of the first lady, calling the media’s coverage “mean girl treatment.”
Later, she tweeted a 9-year-old news article about a wardrobe choice of former first lady Michelle Obama. At the time, Obama was criticized for wearing a pair of designer sneakers while feeding the homeless at a soup kitchen in Washington, D.C.
Fashionable First Lady Michelle Obama helps the poor in $540 sneakers https://t.co/MOGeKmGwhG
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) June 22, 2018
Twitter users didn’t appreciate the comparison. Several were in disbelief with the response, while others pointed out the #hypocrisy in Ingraham’s tweet.
Seriously! This is your justification for Melania’s jacket statement??????
— Kathy Hill (@hillkf_1951) June 22, 2018
Did you forget about Melanie’s $51,000 jacket? Cost more than the median U.S. income 🤔😡😡😡 pic.twitter.com/D9uN0BBJ6G
— JAS🐶 (@aleksandra2002) June 22, 2018
So Michelle Obama goes to a charity event & works in the soup kitchen and she’s chastised. Melania shows up in TX to save face for Trump and she wearing a jacket that says “I really don’t care, do U” & the media is terrible for pointing it out. #hypocrisy
— Facts Matter (@SakeFacts) June 22, 2018
Seriously? This is your response to the jacket? How much did your shoes cost today?
— urkiddingrite (@urkiddingrite) June 22, 2018
Nobody is now criticizing Melania for wearing expensive clothes, they are critical of her wearing an insensitive jacket which said #IDontReallyCareDoU . It is like a big slap on the face of people who care about children.
— Supriyo Majumdar (@supriyoFL) June 22, 2018
Wearing sneakers with no message is not the same as wearing a jacket with a literal and insensitive message. That’s the whole point of the brouhaha.
— Kaluš (@fitserbmomma) June 22, 2018
Is this your weak response to Melanie's "don't care" jacket as she headed to visit child concentration camps with full press coverage?
— Lookingover Time (@LookingoverT) June 22, 2018
Are you for real girl? Not even close to what that jacket said. FIRST, @FLOTUS clothes are plenty expensive but NO other First Lady has ever wore clothing that said that. For you to show @MichelleObama shoes. U R a TRIP
— Gail Lukan (@gailmlukan) June 22, 2018
I have no interest in the cost of a First Lady’s wardrobe. I didn’t see a message written on Michelle’s shoes. This was a tone deaf misstep by Melania, not often seen wearing a $39 jacket. A msg was printed on her jacket & was worn w/temps in the 80s. It distracted from her trip.
— Ex-GOP Hilary (@hplem) June 22, 2018
She bought them. So what ! Melania wore an insulting jacket so what is your point ! Oh that’s right you have no point. More advertisers need to go
— Mary Lou Pereira (@MaryLou1961) June 22, 2018
Melania Trump’s spokesperson Stephanie Grisham insisted in a statement there was “no hidden message” behind the jacket. President Trump, however, expressed the opposite in a tweet, saying the message referenced the “fake news media.”
The first lady herself has said nothing regarding #jacketgate.
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