See, the reason this is sinister and not just people picking on Melania Trump is that it was an effort to humanize the officials who have seized these children, suck energy out of the outrage, placate us, sedate us, make us forget the children, and mitigate the political cost.
I honestly don’t know what to make of the jacket. There’s only a remote chance this was a nod to his base, like her racist birtherism. More likely, it’s indicative of a family that’s unaccustomed to caring about others and doesn’t value empathy. It reflects unawareness of duty.
I may be wrong about how remote a chance it is that this was a message. I was assuming it’s just too obvious, but now I can’t think of a single time any of them was ever subtle about anything.
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