First lady Melania Trump is a notoriously private first lady. She rarely makes public statements and prefers to remain out of the spotlight that her husband so desperately craves. While she rarely makes public statements or appearances, Melania Trump is known for using fashion to send a message. Who could forget Melania’s “I really don’t care do u” jacket that she wore en route to visit immigrant children separated from their parents by her husband’s administration?
The first lady accompanied her husband to New York where he will address the United Nations General Assembly several times. Melania arrived at the United Nations wearing a black, collared midi shirt dress. She wore the address while attending her husband’s speech before the UN.
The internet immediately went crazy, speculating about the message the first lady was sending with her choice of clothing. Many suggested that the first lady chose the black dress as a statement of solidarity and support for survivors of sexual assault.
Many observers noted the timing of the fashion choice. Supporters of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were in high school, are encouraging women to wear black clothes and engage in a walk-out supported by the #TimesUp movement.
Melania Trump’s choice to wear a black dress to the 73rd General Assembly of the United Nations coincides with the #BelieveSurvivors movement, a fact observers do not see as coincidental.
Just a day before the first lady donned her black dress, Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) participated in the solidarity campaign.
Over the weekend, a second woman reported allegations of sexual misconduct against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, joining Dr. Ford. Deborah Ramirez recounted a time when she and Kavanaugh were freshmen at Yale. Ramirez says that a drunken Kavanaugh exposed himself to her.
The president has demonstrated unwavering support for Kavanaugh while simultaneously attacking the accusers, suggesting their experiences were not that bad or they were somehow at fault.
Take a look:
Melania is wearing black to the UN. A coincidence, I’m sure.
— Randy Woodland 🌊 (@RandyW) September 25, 2018
Is Melania wearing black in solidarity today? pic.twitter.com/EvAKjNY6hR
— RachelAnneODonnell (@Rachelannerao) September 25, 2018
Did anyone notice Melania trolling drumpf? She's wearing black like the walk out #WeBelieveHer did
— Garry (@GMD25691) September 25, 2018
— MIA (@omen_syria) September 25, 2018
Melania's wearing black – is this her moment to stand with sexual assault victims? Not quite as obvious as her "I don't care" jacket, but of all the colors to wear at this time…
— Martine Addison (@MartineAddison) September 25, 2018
— Dave Orlick (@IDProtector45) September 25, 2018