Melania Trump wished fans a Merry Christmas with a Santa-themed selfie that flatlined on social media.
The 47-year-old tweeted the selfie Monday using a holiday filter that included a Santa hat and dancing golden reindeer, from Mar-a-Lago, President Trump’s Palm Beach, Fla., resort, where the first family is spending the holidays.
The photo depicted Melania with a surprised facial expression that some called “duck face,” “disgraceful,” and too sexy.
Disgraceful for a First Lady, Christmas or not. You look like a model on a photo shoot for the front page of Hustler. I'm sure the elderly and poor will appreciate this photo given how you and hubby don't care about them, only your millionaire friends at Mar-a-Largo.
— MzSphalerite (@SphaleriteMz) December 25, 2017
— It's MUELLER Time! (@cheetofacts) December 26, 2017
Melania tweeted the photo after she and the president spent the day answering phone calls from children inquiring about Santa’s sleigh journey, as part of the Track Santa program by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). The organization provides Santa updates via social media and phone calls. Per CBS News, the president, while hearing one child’s wish list, said, “Oh, building blocks, that’s what I always liked too. I predict that Santa will bring you building blocks, so many you can’t use them all.”
Since the start of the season, the first lady has been eye-rolled for her celebratory efforts. When the White House unveiled this year’s Christmas decorations — a collection called “Time-Honored Traditions” that included 71 wreaths, 12,000 ornaments, and 18,000 feet of lights — designed by Melania herself, critics on the internet deemed it creepy.
Melania Trump's White House Christmas decor looks awesome if you add the Babadook pic.twitter.com/mQ3sTt5NFm
— Hubert Vigilla, which rhymes with "Vubert Higilla" (@HubertVigilla) November 28, 2017
why do the White House Christmas decorations look like Voldemort is about to come back pic.twitter.com/nF0GxCaxUq
— Kate Gray (@hownottodraw) November 27, 2017
Why do the White House Christmas decorations look like the stick labyrinth at the end of Season 1 of True Detective pic.twitter.com/jl0mHJjgRb
— Super Deluxe (@superdeluxe) November 27, 2017
According to a recent poll by CNN, Melania’s approval rating is high, however, with 44 percent of people holding a positive view of the first lady, while 35 percent disagree (that’s compared to the president, who scores 41 percent favorable and 57 percent unfavorable).
Still, she’s suffered a relatability problem, in part due to her $100-million Versailles-inspired penthouse at Trump Tower, among assistants and a personal chef, where she gave son Barron, now 11, nightly caviar skin treatments and dressed him in suits and ties.
Melania has also been critiqued for her upscale footwear while visiting Texas on three separate trips after Hurricane Harvey and during one trip to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. Each time, Melania’s choice to wear stilettos to board Air Force One elicited an outcry from people who accused her of being “out of touch.” However, in all cases, the first lady changed into utilitarian sneakers or boots upon landing.
No matter your view of Melania Trump, it’s apparent she can’t do much without the public taking a vocal stance.
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