When it comes to the Trumps, the media will use any excuse to bash on the United States’ current first family. Melania’s Christmas decorations are no exception.
Every year, her style and taste in Christmas décor has been mercilessly mocked by the Leftist media, despite her obvious eye for design and the beautiful result. This year is no exception, but instead of decorations the main complaint has been about her wearing a coat indoors. Yes, a plain, but obviously expensive and luxurious coat, has now apparently become the most important topic of discussion. Not the Gold Star tree in honor of our fallen service members.
Melania is known for her coats. Her “I really don’t care. Do you?” coat worn while she was getting on a plane in Texas after visiting detained migrant children caused a media frenzy as the press endlessly and continuously debated the meaning. She also usually wears her coats like capes, casually resting on her shoulders. It’s a clean and classy look, one that would usually result in many a Vogue cover.
But she’s married to Donald Trump and her style, no matter how impeccable, will never be good enough for the Leftist media.
“The theme this year is ‘The Spirit of America,’ and the dominant color is wintry white with festive bursts of holiday red. It’s all quite lovely. So, there’s that. For her tour, Mrs. Trump wears all white: a dress with a simple jewel neckline, white stiletto-heeled pumps and a white coat. The coat is draped over her shoulders as she strolls through the White House. The coat looks ridiculous. But more than a silly fashion folly, the coat is a distraction. It’s a discomforting affectation taken to ludicrous extreme. In a video that is intended to celebrate the warmth and welcoming spirit of the holiday season, that simple flourish exudes cold, dismissive aloofness.”
For a supposed “fashion critic,” the entire assessment of an otherwise flawless outfit and the Christmas decorations is incredibly mean spirited.
As anyone who’s lived in an old, big house can tell you, they’re often cold. It’s not that the heating is insufficient, it’s that the house wasn’t necessarily built for a modern heating system and they often can be quite drafty. Perhaps Melania also struggles to keep warm so that’s why she left her coat on and wore a sweater in her 2017 Christmas video. Unless The Washington Post can verify the temperature of the White House at the time of the video, there isn’t much to complain about.
The Daily Beast’s article was even worse.
“Look, Melania Trump tried this Christmas. She really did. The first lady ditched the creepy ballet dancers and blood red trees that decorated the White House in Christmases past, opting instead for bright lights, bows, and bobbles that in any other home might look cheerful—if incredibly ostentatious. ‘The Spirit of America,’ as Melania so subtly calls her state-sponsored jingoism, is the most sterile of her three attempts at holiday decorating. It appears preemptively designed to be impossible to poke fun at, unlike last year’s Shining-esque color scheme or the stark-bare, dreary tree branches erected in 2017. And yet, in a video posted on her Twitter account on Sunday, even Melania eyes her winter wonderland with a weary suspicion, like how one might view a CVS Christmas display put up in late September.”
The article also accused Melania of giving the “camera a money shot of her diamond ring,” i.e. her wedding band.
That’s just an incredibly low blow, and the media wonders why Melania doesn’t want to talk to them.
As The New York Times puts it, “whatever choice was made would be forensically examined.” That’s part of the problem. Every first lady, regardless of who her husband is, should be treated with respect. After all, it is just a coat. But the media’s antagonistic and often aggressive anti-Trump bias means that every step, every choice and every fashion moment is subject to criticism and negative commentary.
Love or hate Donald Trump, Melania is her own person. A Slovenia-born, former model with impeccable style who speaks five languages and is content to mostly stick to the background would be considered incredibly accomplished by any other measure. She isn’t Michelle Obama, Laura Bush or Hillary Clinton, but no one should expect her to be a carbon copy of any other first lady. Consider Melania on her own merits and not that of any other first lady.
Also, her Christmas decorations look phenomenal.
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