Melania Trump’s spokesperson is shredding a fashion critic for The Washington Post after the paper criticized the jacket worn by the first lady during the annual Christmas decoration reveal at the White House.
The first lady unveiled this year’s White House theme for Christmas on Monday: “The Spirit of America,” as IJR previously reported. The theme honors “those who have shaped our country and made it the place we are proud to call home.”
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The Post published an article by fashion critic Robin Givhan on Tuesday in which Givhan called the Christmas decorations “lovely” before proceeding to bash Trump’s coat as “ridiculous.”
“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 a ludicrous extreme.”
“The coat tossed over the shoulders is a generic styling maneuver,” Givhan wrote, later adding, “For Trump, the cliche seems to be a crutch — a way of not having to be fully present.”
In response to the Post’s article, Trump’s spokesperson, Stephanie Grisham, told Fox News, “It has become an annual holiday tradition for the media to attack all that the First Lady does. If this was a Democratic Administration, I suspect Mrs. Trump and her work would be featured positively in every mainstream news outlet.”
Trump has drawn criticism in the past. Her 2018 Christmas decorations led people on Twitter to mock the red Christmas trees that lined one of the halls of the White House, saying they were “a real life nightmare before Christmas.” Her decorations also were criticized in 2017.
The Post was among those who took aim at Trump’s “blood-red Christmas trees” last year. Reporter Avi Selk wrote, “At the Trump White House, it’s never too early to start inducing flashbacks to phantasmal nightmares from our shared cultural memory.”
Nestled beneath the trees are the boxes of thistles, and stockings stuffed with existential pain. #VeryScaryWhiteHouse— Karen DaltonBeninato (@kbeninato) November 26, 2018
The first lady hasn’t let the criticism bring her down. She previously said that “everybody has a different taste” and that she hopes “everybody will come over and visit it in real life.”
Other media outlets have also targeted the first lady’s appearance around the Christmas season. Last year, Vogue magazine published a story by an anonymous author saying that the first lady and President Donald Trump looked like “wax statues” in their White House Christmas portrait, as IJR previously reported.