The US’s first lady, Melania Trump, thought it appropriate to don a jacket with the words "I really don’t care. Do u?" on her way to visiting the children of migrants stranded at the border as a consequence of her husband Donald Trump’s inhumane "zero-tolerance" immigration policy. That policy has been changed, but the sentiments behind it have not. It constitutes a poignant moment in geopolitical history, not least because quite what the first lady meant by wearing the jacket is unfathomable. Her husband claimed it was an attack on the liberal press, but it is more likely it was some kind of personal retaliation. Whatever the case, it was an act of thoughtless and confused nihilism that amply reflects the political moment. The president of the US in almost every action is conducting himself in stark contrast to not only his opponents but the grand predecessors of his own party.