Colbert Dissects The ‘Not So Hidden’ Message Melania Trump’s Jacket Conveyed

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As the first lady boarded a government plane at Andrews Air Force Base, she wore white trousers, a pair of sneakers, and a $39 trench coat from Zara, as USA Today reported.

Asked earlier what message the first lady was trying to send, Mrs. Trump's spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said: "It's a jacket".

People shared on Twitter how shocked they were at the jacket's message and said they wondered why Melania wore the jacket at all, given the temperature and humidity in both D.C. and Texas, as well as the jacket's insensitive message.

Trump himself weighed in, suggesting that the jacket was intentional, but was only referring to "fake news" or something of that nature.

Melania was also criticized for a meeting with the queen of Spain, during which she said they discussed "ways to positively impact children", which came amid the height of the controversy surrounding the child separation policy.

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"I'm going to guess this is one message that she didn't steal from Michelle Obama", he joked.

With that said, the First Lady was either made aware of her mistake, or figured it out herself, as she disembarked the plane in Texas, wearing a cream colored military-style jacket instead.

"Today's visit w the children in Texas impacted @FLOTUS greatly".

Spokesperson Ms Grisham says the unannounced visit "was 100 percent her [Melania's] idea".

"Nothing comforts a federally-abducted refugee child like a photo op with a Slovenian model wearing a coat that says she doesn't give two c--s about your misery", comedian Jim Carrey wrote along with an image he drew of Trump with a crying child. She didn't appear to be wearing the jacket when she arrived in Texas. She did not wear the jacket to the event.

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On Wednesday, when signing the executive order to reverse the policy on separating children from parents, Donald Trump cited his daughter and his wife as influencing his decision.

Melania is under fire for the odd statement during a trip to visit a child immigrant detention center.

I believe Melania was trolling her husband with the jacket message.

Amnesty International declared it was "shook by the blatant lack of empathy" and offered to send the First Lady a "This is What a Human Rights Defender Looks Like" T-shirt to wear instead. It's more like a dog whistle for Trump's anti-immigrant supporters: "I'm publicly supporting immigrants, but you really know I don't care". Maybe it was meant to tell everyone that she was not part of forming said policy, or not responsible for conveying everyone's outrage about said policy. Melania getting on the plane to visit the shelters, at her own request, is her answering "Yes, I do care, and I'm showing you with this visit to a shelter you wouldn't make".

The choice of jacket sparked outrage on social media.

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