Former first lady Melania Trump emerged from hiding to complain about the criticism surrounding her changes to Jackie Kennedy’s famous White House Rose Garden design.
In 2020, Mrs. Trump made significant changes to the legendary Rose Garden because her husband wanted to use the White House for the Republican National Convention.
At the time of the change, presidential historian Michael Bechloss slammed Melania Trump’s “damage” to the Rose Garden by posting some of the photos of the garden throughout the years. Upon the anniversary of the project, Bechloss posted another photo showing the rows of simplistic box hedges and low-profile shrubbery.
“[Beschloss] has proven his ignorance by showing a picture of the Rose Garden in its infancy,” the Twitter account linked to the “Office of Melania Trump” said on Sunday. The account shared a photo that some said was taken from a vantage point that neglected to show how the cherry blossom and crab apple trees were removed.
As expected, Twitter users had to respond. Some said it would take years to repair the damage Mrs. Trump did, particularly with the mature trees.
Melania's shot cherry-picks a vantage point from behind a tree that's not part of the side garden.
Because in a false equivalence, its "borrowed" foliage appears to substitute for the rows of cherry trees that were destroyed, and inflates the ratio of plants to structures. pic.twitter.com/8wY2UY8jxL
— Office of Monty Boa (@MontyBoa99) August 8, 2021
MELANIA, YOU TURNED A LOVELY SPACE INTO A DAMN GRAVE YARD, STFU AND BLOW AWAY
— KAYLEE BURRIS (@KAYLEEBURRIS) August 8, 2021
AMEN, HOWARD! WELL SAID! pic.twitter.com/9WwngftS8o
— Jan (@biloxichoctaw) August 8, 2021
It's the wrong kind of garden for that space next to the beautiful colonnade. I'm sure the groundskeepers are doing their best with it but do hope it will be renovated soon.
— Marjam (@Marjam21121091) August 9, 2021
And crab apple trees!
— Rosebud Turtle (@TurtleRosebud) August 9, 2021
"Cheap golf club" is pretty much their aesthetic…. along with clothing bearing messages of indifference to children at the border.
— miss speech (@miss_speech) August 8, 2021
How many languages can you stay silent in? Pick one, and do so.
— Jeremy Epstein (@jTUBEGEEKe) August 8, 2021
We saw the destruction. Melania ripped everything out like Donald does ex wives hair.
— Diane (@flawdanative) August 8, 2021
It's hilarious that she thought she could emulate Jackie.
— Ellen McGrath Smith (@breezely1462) August 8, 2021
She stripped all the color and life and historical significance out of the White House, period.
Eventually, this will be repaired.
— The Daily Weir 😾 #DeleteFacebook #FacebookKills (@cstmoore) August 8, 2021
They're like locusts. They strip the color and life from everything and leave behind a dead carcass of memories.
— Sk88queen (@Sk88queen) August 9, 2021
So the person who wore this when visiting ‘a detention facility in Texas for immigrant children who had been separated from their parents at the border’ (@TheWrap) cares about a historian’s opinion of a ROSE GARDEN?? 😑 pic.twitter.com/2fctn8WBgQ
— Fozzie 🐼 🧸 🐨 🐻 (@FozzieBear88) August 8, 2021
If the choice is between the mail order trophy wife enabler of a serially philandering traitorous madman, or a respected historian like @BeschlossDC, I’ll take my chances with the guy who didn’t rip Jackie’s trees out of the ground for some pretty pictures of herself.#BeBest 😘
— Jo (@JoJoFromJerz) August 8, 2021