It was bad enough that Melania Trump lamented the slaughter of African elephants even though her stepsons hunt them and her husband’s administration made it possible to import elephant trophies into America again.

But observers were further taken aback by the tone-deaf outfit the first lady wore in Kenya. She donned a startling symbol of colonial rule: a white pith helmet, once preferred by Europeans in African colonies and elsewhere.

“It’s like showing up to a meeting of African-American cotton farmers in a Confederate uniform,” tweeted Matthew Carotenuto, a historian at St. Lawrence University in New York.

The first lady “completed the stereotype trifecta: elephants, orphans and even a pith helmet,” he wrote.

Melania completes the stereotype trifecta–elephants, orphans and even the pith helmet…..#FLOTUSinAfrica2018 @africasacountry @AFP @AP

— Matt Carotenuto (@matt_carotenuto) October 5, 2018

Several people ranked the first lady’s cringeworthy helmet right up there with the jacket she wore to visit detained migrant children earlier this year ― after her husband’s administration had separated immigrant kids from their parents.

The first lady traveled to Texas wearing a jacket that read: “I really don’t care, do U?”

@FLOTUS That Pith helmet you have carried was used by colonialists during the dark days. Doesn't sit well with us Africans. Who advised you?‍♀️?‍♀️? @CNN @citizentvkenya @ntvkenya

— pauleenmwalo (@pauleenmwalo) October 5, 2018

Melania: What should I wear on my Africa trip to pay tribute to the culture and history of my hosts?WH staff: A pith helmet. Definitely a pith helmet.

— Owen Barder (@owenbarder) October 5, 2018

Meanwhile, Melania is swanning around Africa in a friggin' pith helmet. RMESHTATPOOMGH**rolling my eyes so hard they're about to pop out of my goddamn head

— Tirza Fury ? (@TirzaFury) October 5, 2018

Omg the pith helmet I cannot

— Matthew Elliot (@matttbastard) October 5, 2018

A pith helmet. A friggin pith helmet.

— scaryKB (@sorrykb) October 5, 2018

She does seem to be in her "King Leopold" best

— Kylie Cereal Truther (@BunnyThemelis) October 5, 2018

why is she dressed like she’s about to exploit the belgian congo

— molly ? (@socialistdogmom) October 5, 2018

Melania Trump wearing a pith helmet on her trip to "Africa" is more than a silly sartorial choice. It's a reflection of her outdated understanding of Africa. (Also, she was photographed in safari attire multiple times on this trip.) #FLOTUSinAfricaBingo

— kim yi dionne (@dadakim) October 5, 2018

#FLOTUSinAfricaBingo – and YES- she has the white helmet- what the Fuck is NOT wrong with these people?????

— lise rakner (@li63ra) October 5, 2018

The first lady is apparent ticking off a list of things clueless visitors do while in Africa, inspiring a #FlotusinAfricabingo hashtag. The list includes items such as “Awkward dancing: Check” and “Wear exotic skin shoes: Check.”

Awkward dancing: CHECK. #FLOTUSinAfricaBingo

— Laura Seay (@texasinafrica) October 5, 2018 Download

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