Donald Trump on Friday said “we have our own Jackie O today, it’s called Melania,” comparing his wife to former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, which many Twitter users swiftly objected to.
The president likened Melania Trump to former President John F. Kennedy’s wife while defending his decision to paint the new Air Force One aircraft red, white and blue instead of the baby blue color Jackie O chose in the 1960s.
“It was Jackie O and that’s good. But we have our own Jackie O today, it’s called Melania,” the president said in a phone interview with Fox & Friends. “Melania. We’ll call it Melania T, OK?”
The president also claimed Melania Trump is very popular partly due to the way she dresses.
“When I go speak in big crowds—we have tremendous crowds and so many people are holding up banners, you know, ‘we love our first lady,’” Trump said. “‘We love high heels.’”
One Twitter user said of Kennedy Onassis, “Don’t EVER compare her to Melania.”
“Jackie O was the epitome of grace & beauty,” the Twitter user wrote. “She overcame a plethora of hardships & heartaches, with poise and elegance. She was an incredible First Lady & an even more marvelous woman. She balanced passions + duties, and did so with class.”
Another Twitter user shared a photo of Kennedy Onassis visiting suffering children, versus a photo of Melania en route to a children’s detention center wearing a controversial jacket stating, “I really don’t care, do u?”
Jackie O visiting suffering children
Melania visiting suffering children pic.twitter.com/eFhuBjcCJE
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) June 14, 2019
And then of course there was this, when Melania Trump repeated her husband’s birther lies about former President Barack Obama.
Always remember, THIS is who Melania is:
Sure Melania is just like Jackie O if by "just like" you mean Jackie went on a talk show and helped push her husband's racist conspiracy theory. pic.twitter.com/9O6pBk4ZUg
— shauna (@goldengateblond) June 14, 2019