Former First Lady Melania Trump's choice of a light gray coat for the memorial service of the late Rosalynn Carter has ignited a controversy, dividing public opinion. The attire, while seemingly innocuous, has been interpreted by some as a distasteful attempt at self-promotion at an event of remembrance.
Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, once a senior adviser to Melania, was one of the voices criticizing the former First Lady. Wolkoff, who had a public fallout with Melania over a scandal involving inauguration spending, accused her of treating the solemn event as a 'cat walk'. This accusation, shared on social media, has drawn a mixed bag of reactions. Some agreed with Wolkoff, condemning Melania's approach as self-centered, while others dismissed the criticism as blown out of proportion.
Melania's Public Appearance
Interestingly, Melania Trump, who has been largely absent from the public eye since leaving the White House, chose this event for one of her rare appearances. It should be noted that her presence at the service was controversial, given her husband Donald Trump's past verbal attacks on Jimmy Carter, Rosalynn's husband. Yet, she did not behave inappropriately at the service. However, her outfit choice and her history with the Carter family made her attendance a contentious point.
Reactions and Responses
Attempts were made by Newsweek to obtain comments on the incident from the representatives of both Melania Trump and Stephanie Winston Wolkoff. The public's reaction to Melania's appearance and attire at the service has been divisive, reflecting an ever-polarized society. Ultimately, what should have been a moment of unity and mourning was somewhat overshadowed by this controversy.