Yesterday, First Lady Melania made an unannounced visit to McAllen, Texas to visit the immigrant crisis going on at our border. Before you take your hat off to her, there are a few stipulations that will make you eye this publicity stunt with some skepticism. First of all, on the back of her green jacket were the words, “I really don’t care. Do U?”
At first, I was certain that Melania did not purposely intend to express that message and thumb her nose to those crying toddlers. But, if the jacket was not worn on purpose, she and the entire White House are dumber than a bag of bricks. Whether she picked the jacket or not, someone from the White House chose it, knowing in a few hours, she would be visiting a group of crying little toddlers. It is not a bad wardrobe choice, but maybe the worst possible choice available. Seriously, if every single jacket in the world was laid out in front of Melania, the one that broadcasted how much you don’t care would be the worst thing to wear for her destination. You don’t have to be Bill Nye the Science Guy to figure that out.
After losing hours of sleep deliberating Melania’s choice of fashion, I am now certain that she did wear that jacket on purpose. By wearing that jacket, as she visits traumatized illegal immigrants, in Trump world, he gains approval from “both sides”. The democrats are satisfied because his wife visits them, the hate mongering republicans are satisfied because she wore that shirt. Trump’s magnificent diploma allows him to care for the enemy while tempering his allies.
I kept thinking about that speech Trump gave after a pedestrian was killed in the Charlotesville hate group riots. Remember, those hate groups are Trump’s loyal fan base. Without them, he would be nothing. He skirted the situation by explicitly blaming “both sides”. He did not single out the vicious hate groups that roam the streets lynching certain racial groups instead instead, he laid equal blame on the hate groups and the protesters that seek peace and equality.
When Melania arrived, she told the staff that she wanted to learn more about the detention center. The facility was filled with children of illegal immigrants, who had been forcibly taken from their parents by the president. President Trump was adamant about his zero-tolerance policy. Trump was hoping to use the misfortune of these children as a bargaining chip to get his stupid wall. As America looked on with shock, Trump assured us that he was unable to stop separating the kids from their immigrant parents. Not until other republicans advised the president that with mid-terms right around the corner, it may not be smart to be torturing children, was he suddenly able to stop the policy.
What if those kids saw her shirt? The first lady must have wanted to hurt those little toddlers even more! All they know is that they aren’t with their parents because of the American president. And then his wife arrives wearing a shirt saying that she doesn’t care!!!
We all know they’re here without their families, and I want to thank you for your hard work, your compassion and your kindness you’re giving them in these difficult times. I’m here to learn about your facility, which I know you house children on a long-term basis. And I would also like to ask you how I can help these children to reunite with their families as quickly as possible. So thank you again for all that you do, and thank you as well. Thank you, all, for what you do.” WashingtonPost
When I read her speech, I was dumbfounded. Apparently, she wants to help these kids so much. But, they are only in this devastating pickle, because of her husband. Instead of grieving to them about their misfortune, why not try to convince her husband directly. And why did she wait until AFTER Trump retreated on his zero tolerance immigration policy, to voice her opposition?
His daughter Ivanka did the same exact thing. Ivanka claims to be a champion for women and children. However, for weeks, she was silent! While her father ripped babies out their mother’s arms, Ivanka said nothing. I wonder if Susan B. Anthony or Elizabeth Cady Stanton would sit silent in the corner during this outrage, if their father was president.
Mind you, no one in the entire world has better communication with our president than his wife and daughter. If they were so distraught about these children, why didn’t they say something to him over the breakfast table? The fact that they said a few sentences of opposition only AFTER the rest of the nation turned on his policy, makes me think his wife and daughter’s opinions were carefully sculpted by Trump himself.
Instead of mocking those crying babies, you’d think Melania might commiserate with them. After all, once upon a time, she was exactly like them – an immigrant arriving on our shores, seeking a better life. The only difference is that Melania is married to the president, while those babies are being used by the president.
Aren’t all of us traced back to immigrants?
Life is not very fair.