People Are Asking Melania Trump to Read the Room After Her Rose Garden Announcement
"That's some Marie Antoinette sh— right there."
Amid a worldwide pandemic and ongoing protests across the nation, on Monday, First Lady Melania Trump announced her plan to "renew and restore" the "iconic" Rose Garden at the White House.
"Even in the most difficult times, the @WhiteHouse Rose Garden has stood as a symbol of strength & continuity," she tweeted. "Today, it is my pleasure to announce our plans to renew & restore this iconic space so that we preserve its history & beauty for generations to come."
The announcement comes just 99 days before Election Day, the beginning of the end of her husband's first term in office. According to a White House press release, the "refreshment" of the Rose Garden will return it to the design first implemented by Rachel Lambert “Bunny” Mellon during the Kennedy Administration, which has been the guiding blueprint for the Rose Garden since 1962.
"In addition, the plans include improved Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility, utilities, and support for audiovisual and broadcasting needs that will allow for the continued enjoyment of the garden’s natural beauty and storied history," the release said.
According to the New York Times, this move comes as Donald Trump is reportedly implementing the "Rose Garden Strategy" that incumbent presidents "use to bolster their campaign efforts: ceremonial signings, dedications, executive announcements and, yes, press availabilities in the Rose Garden."
While this may or may not be a strategy for the upcoming election, on Twitter, the First Lady was criticized for turning her attention to renovating the garden as coronavirus cases have spiked in the U.S.
"That's some Marie Antoinette sh— right there," tweeted Katie Hill, a former California congresswoman. Other critics echoed similar sentiments in their posts.
In March, the First Lady spoke out about COVID-19 in a PSA, encouraging Americans to "listen to state and local officials, and follow CDC guidelines in order to help protect the health and well-being of everyone." Though she promoted wearing protective face coverings, she was photographed last week not wearing a mask during a briefing for the Presidential Task Force on Protecting Native American Children in the Indian Health Service System.