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Statue of Liberty protester mocks Melania Trump's infamous 'I really don't care, do u?' coat at court appearance

Therese Patricia Okoumou at her court appearance on Aug. 3, 2018, in New York City. (Photo: AP Images/Getty Images)

Therese Patricia Okoumou, the woman who scaled the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty on July 4 to protest President Trump’s ”zero tolerance” immigration policy, was in court on Friday. And she made quite the fashion statement — literally.

Okoumou — who was charged with trespassing, disorderly conduct, and interference with governmental administration — took aim at first lady Melania Trump, wearing a dress with “I really care, why won’t u?” written on the front and back. She also trolled Melania’s “Be Best” initiative.

The first phrase mocks the infamous Zara jacket that Melania wore in June on her way to visit child detention centers in Texas, which read, “I really don’t care, do u?

Melania Trump sparks controversy with her jacket. (Photo: Twitter via Elise Nakhnikian/Riseandrisistny)

Her wardrobe choice was decried as tone-deaf and insensitive. Her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, denied that there was any “hidden message,” while President Trump said the message was aimed at the “Fake News Media.”


The statement sparked a fashion movement, with people wearing their own “I care” jackets. But Okoumou took her wardrobe choice one step further. She also included on her dress the phrase “Be Best,” which refers to Melania’s initiative of the same name. It’s the anti-bullying platform that FLOTUS launched in January, which aims to teach children “the importance of social, emotional, and physical health.”

After the 40-minute hearing, Okoumou spoke outside to a group of supporters. “America, you motherf***ers, you drug addicts, you KKK, you fascist USA,” she chanted, according to video from the scene.

On July 5, she pleaded not guilty to the charges, she but faces a possible 1.5-year sentence if convicted. Today’s hearing was procedural, with her next court date scheduled for Oct. 1.

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