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First Lady Melania Trump is currently in Egypt, as part of a four-country tour through Africa. While there, she granted a mass interview to reporters, as per USA Today, in which she weighed in on a number of subjects, from the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation to her attempts to get her husband, who scared the bejesus out of Americans the other day by making everyone’s phones blare loud noises, to stop tweeting.
Perhaps more importantly, she did so while standing in front of the Great Sphinx of Gaza while wearing a white safari suit and a matching hat. That prompted a sizable chunk of Twitter to make the same joke: that she looks like René Belloq, the archaeologist who teams with the Nazis in Raiders of the Lost Ark and has his head (spoiler alert!) blown up by God.
There were those who decided on other comparisons.
The First Lady would not be amused by this. When asked about her instantly infamous jacket from last June which featured the words “I really don’t care, do u?” on the back, Trump said she wished people would “focus on what I do, not what I wear.” No such luck when you’re channeling the late Tom Wolfe on holiday (see, there are more jokes to be made).
The First Lady will also be visiting Ghana, Malawi, and Kenya, where she has visited poor and underfunded areas, with the message being, in her words, “We care — and we want to show the world we care.” Earlier this week, she ran into another sartorial mishap when she wore a pith helmet — a symbol of colonialist rule — during her Kenya stop.
Of Kavanaugh, who was confirmed and sworn in on the Supreme Court Saturday afternoon, amidst protests, FLOTUS said that he was “highly qualified,” but she was “glad” Dr. Christine Blaisey Ford’s allegations were heard publicly. When asked if she believed Dr. Ford’s allegations, Trump said, “I will move on that… I think we need to help all the victims .. I am against any kind of abuse or violence.” Right.