White House guests this holiday season have been loving first lady Melania Trump’s red Christmas trees — and they’ve enthusiastically lined up for photos with the trees. That’s despite the numerous putdowns of the decor by mainstream media members and liberals — who widely mocked the first lady for her bold and beautiful aesthetic choices ever since they were revealed.
The White House hosted at least 21 holiday parties during four weeks this Christmas season.
And Melania Trump’s red Christmas trees lining the East Wing colonnade “turned out to be quite the attraction,” according to the Associated Press.
“Every single person that came through the East Wing stopped for a photo” with the trees, conservative commentator and recent White House guest Paris Dennard told AP.
Conservative commentator and recent guest Armstrong Williams also told the outlet he thought the red trees were “just classy” and “great for photos.”
In fact, “pedestrian traffic jams” formed in front of the “unusual holiday landscape” as White House guests waited to take photos with the red trees, according to the same report.
The first lady’s Christmas decorations theme this year is “American Treasures.” It highlights “the spirit of patriotism.”
The 45 red Christmas trees leading to the Grand Foyer and Cross Hall represent “patriotism” and “the heart of America,” according to a White House press release.
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Ohio-based florist Vickie Wenstrup, one of 125 people selected from a pool of 7,000 applicants to volunteer their decorating services at the White House, personally helped decorate the red trees.
It took the group three full days to decorate the red trees and included hand-pinning thousands of red cranberry clusters to the trees, Wenstrup told WLWT5.
But mainstream media outlets and liberal critics panned the cranberry trees and viciously mocked Melania Trump for daring to try something so unique — just as they did last year for her white trees.
MSNBC called the decorations a “murder forest.”
Vogue said, “FLOTUS has chosen a theme more inspired by hell than a holly, jolly Christmas,” adding that “walking through a strange assemblage of blood red trees, Melania Trump looks to be channeling ‘The Handmaid’s Tale.'”
Slate called them “red Christmas trees of death.”
Vice said that “Melania Trump’s Christmas from hell” pays “tribute to our country’s unique heritage of anguish and pain.”
British journalist Toby Earle tweeted, “‘What I want is a series of blood-soaked trees, dipped in my enemies’s life force, like the old days.'”
House Beautiful, an interior design lifestyle magazine, even published an article called, “So, The 2018 White House Christmas Theme Is Apparently ‘The Shining,'” writing, “Another year in the Trump White House, another opportunity to add a touch of holiday magic to the banality of evil! … After all, what is Christmas with the Trumps if not a horror movie full of tired clichés?”
America’s first lady responded graciously to the severe criticism, saying during an event at Liberty University in late November, “We are in [the] 21st century and everybody has a different taste. I think they look fantastic.”
Is any of this surprising, given that most of the same media outlets criticized Melania Trump’s Christmas decorations last year as well, when white apparently became a controversial color for Christmas trees?
America’s first lady, however, responded graciously to the severe criticism, saying during an event at Liberty University in late November, “We are in [the] 21st century and everybody has a different taste. I think they look fantastic.”
“I hope everybody will come over and visit it. In real life, they look even more beautiful. And you are all very welcome to visit the White House, the people’s house,” Melania Trump added.
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