“I never said that all families matter.”
Teresa Giudice accidentally said something very racist on Instagram on Wednesday, thanks to a missing punctuation mark.
The Real Housewives Of New Jersey star shared a petition looking for support in her efforts to keep husband Joe in the country in the face of his impending deportation.
"Please help our family by signing this petition, the bond & closeness I have with my father I hope & pray my girls have with Joe. Love to you all," she wrote.
But one follower pointed out the irony of her asking for help from President Trump, who infamously takes a very hard line when it comes to immigration law.
"Where was this energy for the Mexican families that Trump (who you supported) separated? Not Only your family matters, Teresa," she wrote.
"I never said that all families matter," came the unfortunately-unpunctuated reply.
The loveheart emoji afterward suggests what Teresa meant to write was "I never said that; all families matter."
After being charged with multiple counts of fraud in 2014, Joe and Teresa were sentenced to 15 and 41 months respectively in federal prison; they were allowed to serve their time one after the other so their daughters — Gia, Gabriella, 14, Milania, 13, and Audriana, nine — would not be left without parents.
It later emerged that Joe, who was born in Italy and moved to the US as an infant, was in danger of being deported; he never applied to become a full citizen, remaining in the country on a green card after marrying Teresa.
"My mother and father have fought tirelessly to pay back every single penny of restitution to court deemed they owe," Gia wrote in her petition, which has already garnered more than 35,000 of the 50,000 signatures requested. "They have made a mistake but rectified it through serving time and by financially satisfying all that was owed."
She continues: "He knows nothing of Italian culture, laws, societal norms, he has no immediate family and will not be able to secure work in this foreign land."
"We request that our President, Donald J Trump review our petition and pardon my father to relieve him of this life sentence the courts are bestowing on him, yes in Italy he will no longer be incarcerated but will he ever be free if kept from his family and be able to be a productive member of society?"
After completing his sentence on March 14, Joe was immediately transferred into the custody of ICE. His appeal against the deportation order was denied on April 21.
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