In the words of the late, great Lou Reed, you “couldn’t hit it sideways.”
First the now–First Lady (perhaps unwittingly) plagiarizes Michelle Obama in her convention speech, then she takes as her platform a crusade against bullying—when she is married to unquestionably the greatest cyber bully in political history—and now this!
This morning, Mrs. Trump boarded Air Force One wearing a pair of towering pointy-toed snakeskin heels better suited to a shopping afternoon on Madison Avenue or a girls’ luncheon at La Grenouille.
While the nation is riveted by images of thousands of Texans wading with their possessions, their pets, their kids, in chest-high water, desperately seeking refuge; while a government official recommend that those who insist on sheltering in place write their names and social security numbers on their arms, Melania Trump is heading to visit them in footwear that is a challenge to walk in on dry land.
A spokesperson says she has other shoes to change into on the plane—and one sincerely hopes there is a pair of leopard-print Wellies-in-waiting to get her from the tarmac to the limo. But what kind of message does a fly-in visit from a First Lady in sky-high stilettos send to those suffering the enormous hardship, the devastation of this natural disaster?
And why, oh why, can’t this administration get anything, even a pair of shoes, right?
Eyebrow-raising heels aside, the First Lady then went for a Top Gun-style green bomber jacket and aviator sunglasses combo to finish off the confusing and impractical ensemble.
Melania’s husband didn’t seem to fare much better when it came to picking a hurricane-appropriate outfit. The 71-year-old stepped out in brown suede shoes with off-white chinos to complement his presidential windbreaker jacket.
If those may not seem enough to protect the President from the extreme elements, at least he remembered one crucial piece of apparel: His Trump USA cap with his name embossed on the back.
Because even if Mr Trump appears to be woefully unprepared, at least he’s still on brand.