In the days leading up to and immediately following Hurricane Harvey, President Trump received a lot of criticism for not being more sensitive to the needs of the people affected by the storm. First, he was raked over the coals on Twitter for choosing to pick a fight with a Republican senator on the day Harvey was predicted to hit Houston. Then, he made things worse by simply telling the people of Texas “good luck” before he hopped on a helicopter and flew off to spend the weekend at Camp David.
The first lady, Melania Trump, has also been criticized, mainly for the outfit she chose to wear when she and her husband arrived in Texas to visit victims of the hurricane. She showed up on Tuesday morning in a pair of sky-high stilettos that were, surely, expensive and not ideal for walking through flooded streets.
Perhaps in an effort to stop the jokes being made about her poor fashion choices, the first lady issued the following statement on Tuesday expressing her desire to do something “productive” for victims of the storm:
‘The effects of Hurricane Harvey will be felt in Texas, Louisiana, and other parts of the country for many months and years to come. So far, 1.7 million people are under orders to evacuate their homes, and, as the floodwater in Houston rises, sadly, so will the number of evacuees.
‘I want to be able to offer my help and support in the most productive way possible, not through just words, but also action. What I found to be the most profound during the visit was not only the strength and resilience of the people of Texas, but the compassion and sense of community that has taken over the State. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with the people of Texas and Louisiana.’
Not surprisingly, a number of people found the first lady’s statement to be less than helpful. Plenty responded by joking about her choice of footwear, and many others were particularly bothered by her lack of specificity regarding how she was going to help “in the most productive way possible.”