Earlier this week, first lady Melania Trump caught a flurry of media attention after she unveiled the stunning Christmas decor that she chose for the White House.
Check it out below:
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) November 26, 2018
While the first lady received praise from some, others weren’t big fans of a particular aspect of her decorations.
As IJR previously noted, people mocked her red Christmas trees and used the opportunity to take a shot at her husband’s administration:
— CeCe (@cecetousey) November 27, 2018
Nothing says “we gas immigrant children” like blood red Christmas trees. pic.twitter.com/tmtmzrKBUr
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) November 26, 2018
Melania Trump's blood red Christmas trees are the perfect representation of her family's cold empty hearts.
— LadyL RN ☀️??? (@LadyLecondoliak) November 26, 2018
While speaking at Liberty University on Wednesday, Melania gracefully moved past the criticism and smoothly transitioned into a warm welcome for Americans to visit the White House.
“We are in [the] 21st century and everybody has a different taste,” she told former Fox News host Eric Bolling.
Melania Trump claps back at media for Red Christmas Tree criticism:
"We are in the 21st century and everybody has a different taste. I think they look fantastic. I hope you will call come over to visit. In real life they look even more beautiful."https://t.co/gQP6EQsqdS pic.twitter.com/fAzDhFGzGm
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) November 28, 2018
“I think they look fantastic,” she added. “I hope everybody will come over and visit it in real life. They look even more beautiful. You are all very welcome to visit the White House, the people’s house.”
This was just the latest of comparatively superficial criticisms that the first lady responded to after her husband took office.
Last month, critics complained about Melania’s decision to wear a pith helmet during her trip to Africa.
Melania Trump wearing a pith helmet on her trip to "Africa" is more than a silly sartorial choice. It's a reflection of her outdated understanding of Africa. (Also, she was photographed in safari attire multiple times on this trip.) #FLOTUSinAfricaBingo https://t.co/aCnkOnPBF8
— kim yi dionne (@dadakim) October 5, 2018
When asked about those criticisms, Melania said, “I wish people would focus on what I do, not what I wear.”