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In the words of Buddy the Elf, the best way to spread Christmas cheer is… posting on social media for all to jeer.
OK, not quite, but First Lady Melania Trump‘s Santa selfie surely followed the modified adage.
On the Christmas morning, Trump posted a selfie through a smart filter that changed the appearance of her eyes, gave her a Santa hat with knitted deer and snowflake patterns, and a halo of mystical, glowing prancing deer around her.
Despite the first lady’s intention to lead the day’s festivities with a cheerful photo, the comments on her selfie quickly turned into a debate of who exactly gets to have a “merry” Christmas.
Unless you’re one of the millions poor and deprived by wealthy scum.— The Socialist Party (@OfficialSPGB) December 25, 2017
Try getting a job and stop stealing from others with handouts. 👍🇺🇸— 〽️ Go Blue! (@mjpete80) December 25, 2017
Critics found Trump’s photo, filter, and duck face, etc., to be classless, questioning how this was acceptable communication from the White House.
Reminds me of what my Grandmother always said about class. You have it or you don't, no matter how much money, etc. No class at all in the current White House.— Bluedevilyn (@BlueDevilyn) December 25, 2017
WTF! Are you kidding me???? Seriously?? WTF!!!!! https://t.co/2ilpubGMAl— SansPOTUS2017 (@atruechula) December 26, 2017
Flotus just accidentally tweeted her tinder profile pic. https://t.co/fLDlu0Wdp1— Tim Hanlon (@TimfromDa70s) December 26, 2017
At least her official White House portrait and greeting with her husband President Donald Trump evoked a bit more of a “winter wonderland.”
Merry Christmas from President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump. @POTUS & @FLOTUS are seen Tuesday, December 5, in their official 2017 Christmas portrait, in the Cross Hall of the White House in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)
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Samantha Grasso is a former IRL staff writer for the Daily Dot with a reporting emphasis on immigration. Her work has appeared on Los Angeles Magazine, Death And Taxes, Revelist, Texts From Last Night, Austin Monthly, and she has previously contributed to Texas Monthly.