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First Lady Melania Trump unveiled the White House’s annual Christmas decorations on Monday—which she designed herself— only to be trolled online.
The 2018 theme is America’s Treasures and a one-minute long trailer shows the first lady strolling through the presidential residence, taking in the festive decor and gently placing a bauble on a glowing tree.
It’s some of Trump’s more daring decor choices, however, that have really divided opinion, like the rows of red “blood trees” lining the corridors of the east colonnade—evoking Halloween more than the holiday season.
It was instant meme material.
Lady Melania wanted to send a message.— Oliver Willis (@owillis) November 26, 2018
"Take the blood of my enemies and paint the trees. Send it to the village for the Winter Harvest Festival as warning. Let no one ever cross me again. Be Best."
"Be Best, my Lady," the underling replied and scurried away. pic.twitter.com/WXkj6ygfBN
I think this is cool, does anyone know where I can get the blood of the innocent to paint my Christmas tree? pic.twitter.com/VRh7t1IqNm— Sean O'Connor (@seanoconnz) November 26, 2018
There were lots of references to the horror movie The Shining.
Checking out FLOTUS decorations at the White House like... pic.twitter.com/J0hcBD3DvG— Young Democrats of America (@youngdems) November 26, 2018
Lets go live to the unveiling of the new White House Christmas decorations pic.twitter.com/3Ayrfr5EVC— Pete Lucier (@PeterLucier) November 26, 2018
While others believed the first lady had been inspired by the palace of the White Witch from fantasy book series Narnia.
Decorator: Okay, so we want to avoid looking like the entrance to the White Witch's Narnian castle like we did last year.— Approximately Jane (@sgtjanedoe) November 26, 2018
Melania: What about red?
Decorator: Sure, red ornaments are cheerful!
Melania: No. The trees. Red.
Melania: Like the blood of my enemies. pic.twitter.com/hOuDYFT8Om
Some also made comparisons to the distinct uniforms of the oppressed women of the dystopian show The Handmaid’s Tale.
The White House Christmas decorations seem nice. 🤔 pic.twitter.com/zR3GJXLfuC— 🇺🇲🥧🦃 Franksgiving 🦃🥧🇺🇲 (@ADignorantium) November 26, 2018
But it’s also very possible that the first lady was quite simply inspired by a drive-thru car wash.
Melania's trees or car wash. pic.twitter.com/XaJu1k9MDP— GogynyDe (@gogynyde) November 26, 2018
The more we look at it, the more this appears the case.
Last Christmas, Melania also terrified the internet around the holidays while taking in some ballet.
David Gilmour is a reporter who specializes in national politics, internet culture, and technology.