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Melania Trump Wore a Jacket With the Words “I Really Don’t Care” Written on It to Visit Kids at the Border

At left: Melania Trump boards a plane in the green jacket. At right: A product shot of the back of the jacket with the lettering visible.
Melania boarding the flight to Texas, the jacket. Photo illustration by Slate. Photos by Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images and Zara.

Melania Trump flew to Texas on Thursday to make ostensibly compassionate visits to facilities where undocumented minors are being held. (The context, of course, is the controversy related to the current administration’s family-separation policy.) As you can see above, she departed for her visit in a nice green jacket with white words on it.* The Daily Mail found a listing for the jacket—it’s from Zara—on which you can see that the words I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U? are written on it in big letters.

What the hell? Really?


Yes, really. Here’s the official explanation, such as it is:

It’s indeed true that there was no hidden message involved. It was in fact an extremely un-hidden message!

Trump did apparently take the jacket off before actually arriving to meet any detained children, which is nice.

Correction, June 21, 2018: This post initially implied in error that Trump continued to wear the jacket after arriving in Texas.