JOINT BASE ANDREWS, MD - JUNE 21: U.S. first lady Melania Trump (C) climbs back into her motorcade after traveling to Texas to visit facilities that house and care for children taken from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border June 21, 2018

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REARDON: How Is It Possible That Something As Dumb As 'Jacket Gate' Even Happened?

Mark Reardon
June 22, 2018 - 4:04 pm
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By now I’m guessing most people have heard about “jacket gate” (might as well call it that since there’s a “gate” for everything else. If you need to review the details, click here.)

This might be one of the dumbest things that has ever come out of a White House, and that's saying a lot. I don’t want to hear that she was trying to send some message to the media because even if you WERE trying to do that, this was certainly not the trip to be messing with what the President calls the “fake news” media. How is it possible that nobody on her staff thought to say, “Hey, this probably isn’t a good idea”?

Let’s say the whole thing was planned—who knows, maybe it was? Why create a diversion literally minutes after leaving an immigration detention facility that arguably was the best news of the week for the Trump Administration, coming off a week of getting creamed over children being separated from their moms and dads? Why risk alienating voters who might come out in November in House and Senate races? Why force the narrative to change so quickly after finally doing something compassionate and necessary? This was a great moment for the First Lady—perhaps the best since her husband took office—and she messed it all up with a ridiculous fashion choice. 

I’ve heard some complaints on social media about how this whole thing wouldn’t be a big deal if Michelle Obama wore a jacket like that. Well here’s the problem with that analogy: It’s not something Michelle Obama or any other First Lady in the nearly 250 years of our country or any First Lady in the next 250 years of the country would ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever do. Ever. Did I mention EVER??????

It’s just dumb. 

Selfishly, I love the constant material coming out of this White House, but I’m not so sure the Republic will survive all this.