Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman has had plenty to say since being unceremoniously fired from her role last year. And excerpts of her soon to be released memoir, Unhinged, reveal her thoughts on Melania Trump, specifically, the calculation behind her wardrobe choices.
According to a report by People, the First Lady knows exactly what she’s doing with her style statements, and intentionally dresses to make her husband, Donald Trump “look foolish” with little “style rebellions.”
First, there was the pink Gucci. Immediately following the emergence of the shocking Access Hollywood tapes, Melania opted to wear a pink pussy bow style Gucci blouse at a pre-election debate. Hmm.
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Then, there was the white pantsuit worn at his first State of the Union address. Many were quick to point out the connotations – not only was it a look synonymous with his rival Hillary Clinton’s campaign, but historically linked to the women’s suffrage movement. Hardly a cause close to his heart, we imagine.
And perhaps the most memorably provocative choice, the gallingly inappropriate Zara jacket she recently wore on the way to visit detained children, separated at the US-Mexico border from their parents as a direct consequence of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy.
With the slogan “I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?” on the back, the jacket inflamed debate on an already heated topic, and was sure to keep the issue in the headlines. And according to Newman, that was precisely the intention. She writes, “It’s my opinion that Melania was forced to go to the border that day in June, essentially, to mop up her husband’s mess. She wore that jacket to hurt Trump, setting off a controversy that he would have to fix, prolonging the conversation about the administration’s insensitivity, ruining the trip itself, and trying to make sure that no one asked her to do something like that again.”
She hastened to add, “Not that Melania doesn’t have compassion for immigrant children; I’m sure she does… But she gladly, spitefully, wrecked her husband’s directives to make him look foolish.” Pure conjecture, of course, but it’s an interesting theory.
The president, for his part, claimed the jacket was a message to the “Fake News Media.” The office of the First Lady, however, dismissed all claims, with spokesperson Stephanie Grisham stating at the time, “It’s a jacket. There was no hidden message. After today’s important visit… I hope the media isn’t going to choose to focus on her wardrobe.”
Of course, the office of FLOTUS couldn’t exactly stay quiet on these new theories from Newman, with Grisham saying, “Mrs. Trump rarely, if ever, interacted with Omarosa. It’s disappointing to her that she is lashing out and retaliating in such a self-serving way, especially after all the opportunities given to her by the president.”
Newman went on, noting Melania’s PR and style savvy, “As a student of fashion and keenly image-conscious woman, she knows that every one of her style choices will be scrutinized and debated,” adding that whilst the messages behind her outfits “aren’t always clear” they are “never accidental.”
It’s important to note such views are pure opinion, but it’s not hard to see where she’s coming from. A woman of Melania’s profile and standing is sure to be advised on the possible message each of her outfits conveys. Sadly, we’ll never quite know for sure what’s really behind these eye-brow raising choices; we just hope that she’s quietly fighting back in the only way she knows how.