COVID-19 isolation has presented the perfect opportunity to find your green thumb and do a little gardening. But if you’re Melania Trump, revamping your rose garden amidst the global pandemic isn’t that simple.
The First Lady took to Twitter today to tell her 14.7M followers, “even in the most difficult times, the @WhiteHouse Rose Garden has stood as a symbol of strength and continuity.”
“Today, it is my pleasure to announce our plans to renew and restore this iconic space so that we preserve its history and beauty for generations to come,” she added.
Apparently, Mrs. Trump is planning to “restore and enhance” the White House Rose Garden as a “testament to our nation’s commitment to the care of this landscape and our dedication to American ideals, safeguarding them for our children and their children for generations to come.”
The New York Times reports that Melania’s new gardening phase is all part of Donald Trump’s ‘Rose Garden Strategy’ that presidents “use to bolster their campaign efforts: ceremonial signings, dedications, executive announcements, and yes, press availabilities in the Rose Garden.”
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Either way, the Rose Garden revamp has not gone down well with members of the public, who have accused Melania of focusing on something so trivial as cases of COVID-19 in the United States soar over 4.37M.
Former congresswoman Katie Hill tweeted, “that’s some Marie Antoinette shit right there,” while another Twitter user posted, “with her usual myopia, Melania believes that Americans who are facing eviction and horrifying death will be pleased and comforted by her landscaping efforts.”
One social media user even tweeted, “as the nation approaches 150,000 dead from COVID-19, and millions of Americans face eviction and homelessness, Melania Trump is renovating the Rose Garden.”
They added, “I really don’t care, do you?” as a reference to the tone-deaf jacket Melania wore to a visit with migrant children in 2018. Yikes.
Whether it’s an insensitive ploy to ensure her husband wins his bid for presidency, or Melania truly believes her roses are a beacon of hope – the timing is utterly awful.
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