The White House fired back after social media users criticized first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpMcCain: Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner had 'no goddamn business' attending father's funeral GOP leader's remarks on Fox underscore Trump's power White House orders release of Trump records to Jan. 6 committee MORE over a coat she wore in a photo tweeted by President TrumpDonald TrumpSix big off-year elections you might be missing Twitter suspends GOP Rep. Banks for misgendering trans health official Meghan McCain to Trump: 'Thanks for the publicity' MORE on Wednesday to mark the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.
White House spokeswoman Stephanie GrishamStephanie GrishamGrisham thinks Trump will run in 2024 and have no 'guardrails' Sunday shows preview: Senate votes to raise debt ceiling; Facebook whistleblower blasts company during testimony CNN's Brianna Keilar, Admiral Giroir spar over Trump administration's COVID-19 response MORE, who previously worked with the first lady, told USA Today it was "ridiculous" that some Twitter users called the coat insensitive.
Some Twitter users noted that the trim on the back of the first lady's coat appeared to resemble a skyscraper with a smaller object hovering nearby, which some said resembled the images of the World Trade Center being struck by aircraft.
Is...is that a plane crashing into one of the twin towers in the back of Melania’s coat?!? pic.twitter.com/7hhBjooU4z— Abe Caldwell (@AbeBeeEeeC) September 11, 2019
This is the part I can't get past.— SUN. (@ictussunshine) September 11, 2019
It's the "I don't care, Do U?" 2.0.
That's not 'shopped. That's what both Don and Melania posted.
Her jacket has stitching that's a building with a plane crashed into it. pic.twitter.com/9GHC9izjaJ
The first lady's fashion choices are often heavily scrutinized on social media and Melania Trump faced a similar controversy after she traveled to the border alongside the president to inspect conditions while wearing a jacket emblazoned with the phrase "I really don’t care. Do u?"
Grisham, then the first lady's spokeswoman, fired back at the press last year, urging the media to focus on important issues.
“If media would spend their time & energy on her actions & efforts to help kids — rather than speculate & focus on her wardrobe – we could get so much accomplished on behalf of children,” she said at the time.