The White House

Remember all those times we wondered if Melania Trump was trying to send us a message with her styling choices? Well, I think we can put all speculation to rest, because for the second year in a row, her choice of holiday decor for the White House is shockingly on the nose.

Last year, the first lady wowed many (not us) with her vision of an all-white Christmas—not at all unlike her husband’s vision for this country. A bleak landscape of barren trees lined the halls of the White House, reflecting the hope we had in our hearts while facing a second year with the Trumps as first family. Truly, it was chilling.

But after a year filled with children in cages, families ripped apart, continued inactivity on gun control while mass shootings continued to rise, and threats to use lethal force on asylum seekers approaching the U.S. southern border (pepper spray in the faces of children seems to be sufficing, for now), Melania seemingly opted for a more...vivid theme for 2018.

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Supposedly inspired by “patriotism,” this year, one of the more striking decorative elements she’s chosen are blood red evergreens to deck the halls of the White House, presumably in the same shade as the blood on Trump’s hands—or the lack thereof pumping through Melania’s ice-cold veins.

Or, wait. Maybe that’s Handmaid’s Tale red?

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Oh, and in case you didn’t get the point that the Trump administration believes only certain children and families deserve to have happy holidays, Melania also had a wreath made of freshly sharpened “Be Best” pencils. We’re guessing these are sharp enough to gouge out your own eyes if and when the hideousness and hypocrisy of it all overwhelms you.