When Stephen Colbert learned that Melania Trump was visiting a migrant children’s shelter in Texas on Thursday, he said he thought, “Okay, that’s what first ladies often do.”
They “go to a troubled area, they see the kids, they show that we care about us. You can’t mess this up,” Colbert said on his show Thursday night. ” Guess what ? I spoke too soon.
As she headed for the border crisis, the first lady was captured wearing a jacket with the phrase on her back: “I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?
“Is that what they decided?” Said Colbert. “What was his first choice, a jacket that said ‘womp womp? “(He was of course referring to the expression used by former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski in response to a story about a girl with Down’s syndrome separated from her mother.)
Colbert joked that the Trump administration, in an attempt to “try to humanize these child detention centers”, has decided “to send its most prominent inmate, Melania Trump.”
Colbert released a video clip of Trump asking a staff member at a border facility how long a child could stay in the center before reuniting with family members.
“The average length of stay, currently, is between 42 and 45 days,” said the staff member.
The first lady nodded. “It’s great,” she said.
“It’s awesome?” Colbert replied. He imitated Trump’s voice saying, “My starting record is 25 days.”
On “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” both comics echoed a statement by the First Lady’s spokesperson, in which she assured reporters it was “just a jacket. there was no hidden message “.
“Hidden? It was literally spelled out,” Meyers said. “It’s like saying if you play an Aerosmith song up front, it contains a song about love in an elevator.”
If this was a message, Meyers said, maybe it was Melania and Donald Trump’s “wedding vows”.
“You know,” he said, “a lot of people give her a hard time, but I think it’s good that she had a jacket made to display her wedding vows:“ You take this man to be your lawfully married husband? ‘ ” I do not care. And you ? ” ‘No.'”
While Melania’s spokeswoman said “there was no hidden message,” the president appeared to suggest that there was in fact a hidden message in a tweet on Thursday evening.
He said the message on his jacket “refers to Fake News Media. Melania has learned how dishonest they are, and she really doesn’t care anymore!”
“Is the president now tweeting about his wife’s clothes?” Kimmel asked. “There was or was not a hidden message,” he said. “It was one of those two things.”
In a normal White House, Colbert asked, how many people would be fired for such a wardrobe incident? ” A ? Five ? The entire executive power?
“Because in the midst of the worst moral scandal in recent memory, so severe that her husband recoiled for the first time in memory, people who were supposedly on his side let her get on a plane with a jacket that said I really don’t. Doesn’t that worry you? ” said Colbert.
“For the record, we are doing it,” he added.
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