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Trump is Still Furious That People Criticized Melania’s Christmas Decorations

It’s been a year since Melania Trump decorated the White House for Christmas and former President Donald Trump is still grousing about the media’s less than enthusiastic response to her sense of what’s considered festive. To be sure, during the first couple’s four years in the White House, the response to her rather odd and sometimes garish Christmas displays wasn’t something that could be described as pleased.

Trump decided to harp on this once again during a speech at the First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. He decided to drag the media for criticizing Melania’s decorations, The Independent reports.

“I have to just start by wishing everyone a very, very merry Christmas,” Trump said. Melania, he noted, “was loved by everybody” but “she didn’t exactly get a fair shake.”

“She would make the most beautiful Christmas decorations,” the ex-president added. “And I remember she made these magnificent red trees and the media said, ‘Oh, that’s terrible.’ I said, ‘Honey, next time try white.'”

“She made magnificent, remember, the most beautiful you’ve ever seen, white trees? And they said, let’s do it more traditional. Let’s go with green,” he said.

“We went with beautiful green trees, and they said: ‘Why wouldn’t you make them white like they used to be?’ But I’ll tell you what, she’s loved all over, and she’s got a tremendous heart, and she says hello,” Trump said.

But the fact is, whatever Melania was trying to do, and however well-meant her intentions were, there’s a good reason those stabby-looking red trees created a kerfuffle. They looked rather like a dystopian hellscape. They really were a monumentally terrible decision.

In some parts of the White House in 2017, Melania opted for white branches instead of Christmas trees. My guess, especially because of her attire at the time, a dress that looked rather like a white tunic loosely tied at the waist, is that Melania was going for a winter solstice look but people didn’t take kindly to that either.

Then there was the leaked recording where she made her feelings known about Christmas, and that caused an even bigger controversy. That conversation was recorded by Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a former friend. Melania wasn’t happy about organizing the decorations.

“I’m working … my ass off at Christmas stuff that you know, who gives a f*ck about Christmas stuff and decoration?” Trump was heard saying on the recording. “But I need to do it, right? Correct?”

“Okay and then I do it and I say that I’m working on Christmas and planning for the Christmas and they said, ‘Oh what about the children that, they were separated?’ Give me a f*cking break,” she said, in a likely reference to the time she visited children at the southern border who had been separated from their parents.

But Melania always made it very clear that she preferred staying away from the public eye. I’m willing to bet she doesn’t miss the White House years much, if at all. She is quite obviously an intensely private person and the job of the first lady is anything but private. Jill Biden is considerably more outgoing, as was Michelle Obama whereas Melania is quiet and reserved. The job must have felt like an ill-fitting shoe to her.

Fortunately, we don’t have to deal with the former first couple’s trials and travails anymore. Hopefully, her husband won’t run in 2024 so that we don’t have to deal with this and all of the other devastating things he did as president.

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Megan has lived in California, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida and she currently lives in Central America. Living in these places has informed her writing on politics, science, and history. She is currently owned by 15 cats and 3 dogs and regularly owns Trump supporters when she has the opportunity. She can be found on Twitter at https://twitter.com/GaiaLibra and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/politicalsaurus

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