- Donald Trump isn’t done with Melania Trump being criticized for Christmas decor, and he complained about it in a speech this weekend.
- The former first lady was ridiculed in 2018 for installing red Christmas trees.
- And in 2017, Trump’s White House branches came under fire on social media.
Ex-President Donald Trump has not yet finished his criticism of his wife Melania’s Christmas decorations.
In a speech at First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, the former president criticized the media for going after his wife’s Christmas offerings at the White House.
“I should just start by wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas,” Trump said during his speech. He went on to talk about how Melania was a former first lady “everyone loved” but lamented that she “didn’t get a fair shake.”
“She made the most beautiful Christmas decorations,” Trump said. “And I remember she made these gorgeous red trees and the media said, ‘Oh, that’s horrible. ‘I said, darling, next time, try white.’
“She made wonderful–remember, the most beautiful I’ve ever seen–white trees? And they said, ‘Oh, that’s terrible.'” ‘I said next time, let’s do it more conventionally. Let’s go with green,’ Trump said.
“We went with pretty green trees, and they said, ‘Why don’t you make it white as it was before?'” But I’ll tell you what, she’s loved all over, and she has a tremendous heart, and she says hi.”
In 2017, Trump replaced traditional fir trees with white branches.
—Kate Gray (hownottodraw) November 27, 2017
The following year, she installed cranberry-covered red trees in the White House that she mocked for appearing covered in blood.
In 2020, Melania’s enthusiasm for Christmas was called into question when an audio recording of her complaining about decorating the White House for the holidays surfaced. The 2018 conversation was taped and leaked by the first lady’s girlfriend, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff.
“I work like – my ass is on the Christmas stuff you know, who cares about Christmas stuff and decor?” I heard you say on the leaked tapes. “But I have to do it, right? Right?”
“Okay, and then I do that, and I say I’m working on Christmas and planning Christmas and they said, ‘Oh, what about the kids who got separated? “Give me a break,” referring to a controversial visit she made to the border to visit children separated from their parents. During the visit, she wore a jacket that read “I don’t really care, do I?”
Separately, the former president claimed this week that Americans could wish each other a “Merry Christmas” only because he fought off the “wake-ups” and “maniacs” who wanted to cancel the greeting.