It was early afternoon on Thursday that I was defending Melania Trump on my HLN show, “Across America.” You know, post-Peter Fonda tweet, pre-jacket.
Fonda, an actor, had rage-tweeted, “We should rip Barron Trump from his mother’s arms and put him in a cage with pedophiles and see if mother will will stand up against the giant a–hole she is married to.”
I was incensed. Melania Trump had persuaded her husband to end (sort of) the separation of families at the border. How dare Peter Fonda?
And then Melania Trump showed up in McAllen, Texas, in her signature safari-type shirt and white tennis shoes to visit the children ripped from their parents’ arms.
Nomiki Konst, a guest on my show and a Bernie Sanders surrogate, speculated on the reason for Trump’s trip, saying, “Maybe she’s there because Peter Fonda called attention to this?”
John Phillips, a conservative radio talker, rolled his eyes. “I think we’ve kind of missed the point here. The one that got slurred in this tweet was Barron Trump.”
I was all-in with John in his all-out defense of Melania Trump until — the jacket. Photographers caught our elegant first lady wearing a $39 jacket from the clothing store Zara. It is weird enough that she shopped at Zara — this is a woman who toured Sicily with the G-7 spouses in a$51,500 Dolce and Gabbana jacket last year — but it was way weirder to read the words on the back of that Zara fashion find: “I really don’t care. Do u?”