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First Lady Melania Trump revealed she was “blindsided” by her husband’s administration’s zero-tolerance immigration policy, which has led to the separation of countless families at the southern border. She also, apparently, can’t stop trolling the media.

“I didn’t know that that policy would come out,” Trump said Friday night during an interview for “Being Melania,” an ABC News Special. “I was blindsided by it. I told him at home, and I said to him that I feel that’s unacceptable, and he felt the same.”

Trump, of course, is an immigrant herself. Born in Slovenia, she came to the United States in the mid-1990s. Before marrying Donald Trump in 2005, and becoming a citizen in 2006, she obtained an EB-1 visa, an extremely rare opportunity for immigrants with “extraordinary abilities.”

What’s particularly notable is that Trump’s parents, Viktor and Amalija Knavs, became citizens through the very same chain migration policy her husband seems bent on derailing.

FLOTUS Trump’s politics have been confusing, to say the least. At best, she comes across as pointedly oblivious—for example, launching an anti-bullying agenda, while her husband is notorious for cyberbullying.

For feminists, Trump falls into a strange category. Some speculated that Trump was part of, or had the potential to be part of, “resistance” movements from inside the White House. But when Trump revealed that she does, in fact, taunt “left-wing media,” those theories quietly expired.

Trump’s “I really don’t care, do u?” jacket, which she wore to the border when visiting children in immigrant detention facilities, apparently did have a secret (or, not so secret) message.

“It was kind of a message, yes,” she said. “I would prefer that they [the media] focus on what I do and my initiatives than what I wear.” Of course, this is a direct contradiction of what her spokesperson, Stephanie Grisham, claimed when she released a statement saying it was “just a jacket.”
“It’s obvious I didn’t wear the jacket for the children. I wore the jacket to go on the plane and off the plane. And it was for the people and for the left-wing media who are criticizing me,” Trump elaborated.
Given that she wore the jacket when visiting children separated from their families (not to mention at a peak point of controversy about the administration’s policy, to begin with), her decision to focus on trolling left-wing media seems at best obtuse, if not astoundingly insensitive.
Her husband confirmed her intentions when he tweeted about the jacket controversy at the time:

Trump rarely gives interviews. Even in this ABC special, she remains characteristically, frustratingly, cryptic. Trump repeatedly says she knows “what [her] priorities are” and knows “what’s right.” But she remains so tightlipped and evasive with the media, it’s hard for anyone to understand what her values actually are.

One could argue that Trump didn’t sign up for this; her husband ran for office, not her, but her quip about trolling the media leaves a sour taste in the mouth of Americans who already feel like they’re the punchline of a long, mean-spirited joke from the current administration.

Between the jacket controversy, claims that she might be the “most bullied person on (sic) the world,” and assertions that survivors need ”evidence” to prove their sexual assaults, Trump may have finally put whatever empathy the public had for her to rest.

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