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anne mikolay 2012 120Heretofore, I’ve always thought Melania Trump has conducted herself with grace, holding her head high amid scandal and chaos and protecting her young son from her husband’s detractors. I’ve felt sorry for her; she reportedly never wanted a White House life and isn’t consistently comfortable in her role as First Lady. As Mrs. Donald Trump, Melania lives under an unforgiving microscope and is the butt of endless jokes; nothing she does is ever good enough. Her first attempt at decorating the White House for Christmas was severely criticized. She was laughed at when photographed in stilettos en-route to Texas to view the hurricane damage. This week, when Mrs. Trump visited an immigration detention center in Texas, she was mocked for participating in an allegedly staged photo-op. All of this, in my opinion, was harsh, undeserved judgment. Melania Trump, I’ve said in the past, is innocent in her husband’s cesspool administration.

Well, well! Ooops! Mrs. Trump proved me wrong when she put on a $39.00 olive-green Zara jacket and dove headfirst into the cesspool.

Granted, Mrs. Trump did not wear the jacket at the immigration center, but common sense should have told her it would be unwise and insensitive to sport the words “I really don’t care. Do U?” on her back while the nation is gripped in a heated debate over the President’s zero tolerance/separation immigration policy. Mrs. Trump’s office quickly responded to critics, stating there was no hidden message in Mrs. Trump’s attire. Donald Trump contradicted that claim when he tweeted: “I really don’t care. Do U?” written on the back of Melania’s jacket, refers to the Fake News Media. Melania has learned how dishonest they are, and she truly no longer cares!”

There are two schools of thought here: 1) Mrs. Trump was consciously taking a dig at the press, the “fake” news media that has probably made her life miserable, and truly no longer cares, or 2) She was pressed into service by the powers-that-be and forced to wear the jacket. Who could blame the woman for wanting to “slap” the press a little? If that was truly her intention, she picked a poor time to do it. If she was coerced into wearing the offensive jacket, she has revealed herself to be nothing more than a pawn in her husband’s agenda. Was it Donald Trump, then, and not Melania, who desired to reprimand the “fake” news? Was this his way of diverting attention from his Executive Order that doesn’t actually do what he said it would? Your guess is as good as mine.

But here’s the thing: regardless of the motivation and the mastermind behind this latest White House blunder, the First Lady of the United States shouldn’t be wearing jackets that say anything at all and shouldn’t be participating in adolescent warfare. It doesn’t matter if Donald and/or Melania Trump feel maligned by the press; America’s President and First Lady should lead by example and take the high road. Turning the misfortune of others, especially that of innocent children, into a platform for one’s own agenda in any manner at all is moronic and twisted. If the Trump duo loves this country, they should cease playing games, tweeting nonsense, wearing flippant messages on their backs, or exaggeratingly hugging flags. That’s not what the President and FIrst Lady should be about, and if Donald and Melania Trump don’t realize that, they shouldn’t be where they are today.