In a piece on Tuesday, The Washington Post approved of Melania Trump’s White House decor, but criticized the first lady’s “ridiculous” jacket.
Robin Givhan, the paper’s fashion critic, wrote a piece headlined “Melania Trump’s Christmas decorations are lovely, but that coat looks ridiculous.” The Post called last year’s decorations a “nightmare forest,” but spent a single paragraph complimenting this year’s “lovely” edition.
“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,” Givhan wrote. “The coat looks ridiculous.” She said “the coat is a distraction” and “a discomforting affectation taken to a ludicrous extreme.”
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) December 2, 2019
“It has become an annual holiday tradition for the media to attack all that the First Lady does,” White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement to Fox News. “If this was a Democratic Administration, I suspect Mrs. Trump and her work would be featured positively in every mainstream news outlet.”
The first lady announced that the White House had been decorated for the holiday season on Monday with a video. She introduced the decorations, walking alongside Christmas trees glowing with white lights and adjusting roses on a fireplace.
Last week, CNN contributor Joan Walsh mocked a different coat:
This is terrifying. Trump and Melania exude coldness to Conan the hero dog. Melania, whose coat is slightly macabre (to me, but others may find it lovely), moves away from Conan multiple times. 1/3 https://t.co/s9T3Y4ZYTn
— Joan Walsh (@joanwalsh) November 25, 2019
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