Melania Trump mocked for decorating White House with red Christmas trees
United States First Lady Melania Trump became the subject of ridicule after the White House was decked with red Christmas trees.
Trump designed the Grand Foyer and Cross Hall to showcase patriotism as part of this year’s White House theme, “American Treasures,” which is about honoring America’s unique heritage, as seen on Twitter on Nov. 26. To exude valor amid the Yuletide season, Trump asked for 29 Christmas trees to be decorated with 14,000 red ornaments.
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) November 26, 2018FEATURED STORIES
She also shared photos of this year’s décor via Twitter on the same day. “The White House is sparkling for the Christmas season!” she wrote.
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) November 26, 2018
What would have been a serious theme for Americans to ponder became a subject for them to laugh at after they saw the red Christmas trees. One netizen, Wendy Smith (@wendyfarrsmith), inverted the trees in the photo to make it look like Trump was walking in what appears to be an automated carwash.
— Wendy Smith (@wendyfarrsmith) November 27, 2018
Some put faces on the trees to make them “a little less terrifying.”
I made Melania’s Christmas decor a little less terrifying. pic.twitter.com/VaK5UJpQA1
— Issy (@issyelliot) November 26, 2018
Whoever did this, I love you. pic.twitter.com/tiUtcaBcWd
— Boogerhead (@B00gerh3ad) November 27, 2018
For another netizen, isaac (@isaacm811), the trees resemble Elmo of children’s educational show “Sesame Street.”
— isaac (@isaacm811) November 29, 2018
Others joked that the red trees symbolize the blood of innocents and Trump’s enemies.
Decorator: Okay, so we want to avoid looking like the entrance to the White Witch's Narnian castle like we did last year.
Melania: What about red?
Decorator: Sure, red ornaments are cheerful!
Melania: No. The trees. Red.
Melania: Like the blood of my enemies. pic.twitter.com/hOuDYFT8Om
— Approximately Jane (@sgtjanedoe) November 26, 2018
I think this is cool, does anyone know where I can get the blood of the innocent to paint my Christmas tree? pic.twitter.com/VRh7t1IqNm
— Sean O'Connor (@seanoconnz) November 26, 2018
One social media user went as far as to edit the photo to make it look like the trees hid the bodies of “murdered reporters.”
— Dunken K Bliths (@DunkenKBliths) November 27, 2018
Meanwhile, the red trees reminded some of the iconic blood elevator scene in Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 horror film “The Shining.“
What about 4th of July, we should start planning, any thoughts?
FLOTUS: not yet… pic.twitter.com/KndahYiClb
— Joe Brown (@j_brownk9) November 26, 2018
Others were reminded of red dresses worn by women in the TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel “The Handmaid’s Tale.”
I saw this earlier; let me dig through to see who it was. pic.twitter.com/zVxGZGWXHK
— Miss Nomer, Fx (@LancasterKat) November 26, 2018
Trump addressed the criticisms she received regarding the red Christmas trees during an opioid awareness event at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, as reported by the Washington Times on Nov. 28.
“I think they look fantastic,” Trump stated, as per the report. “We are in [the] 21st century, and everybody has different taste.” NVG
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