To some critics, Donald Trump’s visit to Texas on Tuesday was appalling due to the President’s self-serving statements and behavior there.
He didn’t utter a word of empathy or even refers to the victims of Hurricane Harvey at any point, instead using the brief visit as a photo and PR op, bragging about the size of the crowd on the street and the response of authorities to the natural disaster.
If it wasn’t so disturbing and depressing, it would have been hilarious.
To others, however, the real sin of the President’s trip had nothing to do with the nonsense that spewed from his mouth.
And everything to do with what his wife wore on her feet.
Yesterday morning, Melania Trump was photographed departing the White House in weather-appropriate attire that included a bomber jacket, tailored black pants and a black top, which she paired with a functional pair of aviators.
Fair and practical enough, right? Even if the couple didn’t encounter a single rain drop during its visit.
But Mrs. Trump also rocked sky-high snakeskin stiletto pumps.
And it was on these shoes that the Internet focused its outrage.
In Melania’s defense, she sounded far more sympathetic to the plight of those affected by Harvey than her husband, who sounded as if only he was affected by the storm…
… and in a positive fashion, no less.
“The effects of Hurricane Harvey will be felt in Texas, Louisiana, and other parts of the country for many months and years to come,” she said in a statement, adding:
“So far, 1.7 million people are under orders to evacuate their homes, and, as the floodwater in Houston rises, sadly, so will the number of evacuees.
“I want to be able to offer my help and support in the most productive way possible, not through just words, but also action.
“What I found to be the most profound during the visit was not only the strength and resilience of the people of Texas, but the compassion and sense of community that has taken over the State.
“My thoughts and prayers continue to be with the people of Texas and Louisiana.”
Still, Twitter could not stop talking about those stilettos:
Upon arrival in Texas, however, the First Lady changed her clothing, slipping into a pair of sneakers.
She joined her husband in Corpus Christi while donning black skinny jeans, a white button down, Adidas shoes, aviators and a FLOTUS baseball cap.
Said her spokesperson to CNN shortly afterward:
“It’s sad that we have an active and ongoing natural disaster in Texas, and people are worried about her shoes.”
That’s a fair point.
However, that’s sort of how social media rolls.
And it’s hard not to focus on fashion when the President is wearing a baseball cap that is for sale on his website.
Do the proceeds go to disaster relief in the wake of Hurricane Harvey? HA! Of course not.
They go to his reelection campaign fund.