The Trump women set an appropriately respectful tone over the Memorial Day weekend, honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms. Each woman rose to the occasion in her own unique way.
Melania chose to set a somber example by donning a $51,000 jacket by Dolce & Gabbana in Sicily, where the average annual income is $23,400.
I’m certain she was thinking of the Allied Invasion of Sicily the whole time, in which 2811 American soldiers lost their lives and 6471 were wounded. The loss of American life there exceeded the losses on D-Day, when the allies landed in Normandy. About 5000 Canadian and British troops were also killed in Sicily, or missing in action, and 6500 wounded.
I didn’t read anything about a visit to the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery where 7861 of our dead are buried, but she must have gone there, right?
To add a bit more perspective to Melania’s wardrobe choices, consider that the CBO scoring of the revised Republican bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act mentions some interesting figures:
Older Americans who make little money and buy individual insurance would see their premiums climb far beyond what they would be under Obamacare. A 64-year-old making $26,500 would pay $1,700 in premiums annually under Obamacare. In a state making those “moderate” changes to its market, that 64-year-old would pay $13,600, and in a state with no waivers, the cost would be $16,100. That’s more than nine times that person’s premium under the Affordable Care Act.
Ivanka, too, got into the right spirit over the weekend. Her blog suggested these activities as a way to honor the fallen:
Pack your basket with summer noodles and watermelon coolers
Heed Jamie Oliver’s ten tips for grilling the perfect feast
Wear all white. If we’re following the rules, it’s the first day we can wear it
Blast some tunes with this road-trip playlist
Cap the night off with a champagne popsicle.
The champagne popsicle is a Memorial Day tradition here at GOML, the perfect way to respect and remember.
Meanwhile, the ever-sincere and never-exploitive Kellyanne Conway just about broke the internet with this tweet:
Lots of appropriate responses to this in the above link, including,
“Our brave @POTUS got 5 draft deferments, attacked a gold star family, took a vet’s Purple Heart, and sent men to die in Yemen over dinner.”
“Grossly grossly embarrassing and disrespectful hearing this from conway Disgusting.”
“No it isn’t, if that were true you and @Potus would feel some sense of shame when denigrating one of their ranks.”
“Gold Star families are very special & I will never forget how rude and disgusting @realDonaldTrump @POTUS was to Khizr Khan and wife.”