Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) derided the media for their treatment of first lady Melania Trump after she wore a jacket with a curious message while on her way to visit detained migrant children in Texas.
Here's what Marco Rubio said
The Florida Republican excoriated the media Friday for painting the first lady's coat message as a commentary of her feelings towards migrant children detained at the border.
I know for a FACT that @FLOTUS has been a strong voice of compassion for migrant children. The vicious treatment of… https://t.co/Cf51F2i4dW— Marco Rubio (@Marco Rubio) 1529681999.0
"I know for a FACT that [first lady Melania Trump] has been a strong voice of compassion for migrant children," he tweeted.
"The vicious treatment of her over the last day is a reminder of how Trump Derangement Syndrome,where hatred for him justifies everything,has become an epidemic," he added. "Totally lunacy everywhere!!!"
The first lady boarded a plane to Texas Thursday, but photos caught a glimpse of lettering in white on the back of her green jacket that read, “I really don’t care. Do U?”
Many in the media took that to mean that she didn't care about the children being detained. A statement from her spokesperson slapped the media for their false interpretation of the message behind the jacket.
"Today’s visit w the children in Texas impacted [first lady Melania Trump] greatly," the statement read. "If media would spend their time & energy on her actions & efforts to help kids - rather than speculate & focus on her wardrobe - we could get so much accomplished on behalf of children."
Today’s visit w the children in Texas impacted @flotus greatly. If media would spend their time & energy on her act… https://t.co/ZHsc4zzxpB— Stephanie Grisham (@Stephanie Grisham) 1529609539.0
Later, President Trump himself commented on the controversy, and claimed that the coat did carry a message - but not to the migrant children. The present claimed that her message referred "to the Fake News Media."
“I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?” written on the back of Melania’s jacket, refers to the Fake News Media. Melania has le… https://t.co/sxYB9GYcmS— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1529617867.0
"Melania has learned how dishonest they are, and she truly no longer cares!" he concluded.
Here's a news video about Melania Trump's jacket