Hours after Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows said the president was “not going to control” the coronavirus pandemic, Melania gave us a Halloween vision that is just as disturbed.
Let’s start with the good news, or what matters like that these days: Unlike last year’s White House Halloween party, it doesn’t look like there was any ‘Build the Wall’ decor. “. Thus, the bare minimum of decency has been achieved – no small task in this administration.
This year’s event, hosted by the first lady, seems to have a theme somewhere along the lines of pumpkin-spiced abyss. Donald and Melania Trump stood in front of dozens of hay bales adorned with gourds. Yellow leaves covered the facade of the White House. A huge banner above the couple read “Halloween 2020” in a Pinterest-y cursive script.
All the normal stuff. . .except for one thing. This lightning designer, who I can only believe is Satan himself, cast a fiery orange glow all over the scene. It turned the metaphor into reality: A garbage fire presidency lit up to watch the room.
The same night as 60 minutes broadcast an interview that Trump stepped out in, our very mature president enjoyed posing with a child disguised as him. The opp photo might have been less distorted than it was last year when Trump placed a bar of chocolate on a child’s head (instead of, you know, his Halloween basket), but it wasn’t no less embarrassing for everyone involved.
What could be more spooky than Halloween? Our country is plunging into an authoritarian regime! In that regard, the Trumps have had a scary evening. As the couple loomed outside the White House, two White House social workers stood behind them, they projected the ‘all is well’ smiley face that Trump perfected for four years doing nothing except by insisting that things are going well.
While this may be the last time Melania Trump has hosted a party, it certainly isn’t the first time her decorations have gone off. As her former friend Stephanie Winston Wolkoff revealed in recently released secret tapes from the summer of 2018, Melania complained about having to decorate the hallways of the White House.
“I work like – my ass – on Christmas stuff, you know?” Melania moans. “Who cares about Christmas stuff and decorations?” But I need to do it, right?
We haven’t talked enough about the First Lady like Scrooge because a few hours later the President announced that he had tested positive for the coronavirus. But Melania has a long and difficult relationship to get into the seasonal spirit. Its decor exists less to celebrate the holidays than to haunt our nightmares.
In 2017, she was dressed in white and stood erect, stiff and noticeable, while a few ballerinas danced around the Christmas trees. It looked like they were playing just for her, except she looked miserable all the time. To be fair, most of us wouldn’t feel any joy in that year’s East Colonnade Christmas ‘wonderland’ either, where barren white branches left absolutely evil shadows dancing around. the room.
A year later, Melania ditched the snow-themed decorations for something much more sinister: blood-red trees. Was it a nod to The brilliant? Melania defended the bloody display, saying, “I think they look fantastic. I hope everyone will come to visit it. In real life, they are even more beautiful. And everyone just took him at his word, because no one in their right mind would feel joyful after a second inside that bloody forest.
Melania took a more traditional route over Christmas last year, decorating the rooms to the tune of “The Spirit of America,” a “beautiful display of patriotism for all to see.” Because that is the real meaning of the holiday season – making time to get together with family, exchange gifts and blindly accept nationalism.
So: FLOTUS is bad at throwing parties and terrifies everyone with its aesthetic. It is a job that she certainly hates. Lucky for her, as Americans start voting early a week before the election, maybe next year we’ll have a new Halloween and Christmas decorator.
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