Melania Trump wished fans a Merry Christmas with a Santa-themed selfie that flatlined on social media.
In the photo, the First Lady can be seen looking… amused, I guess?… with raised eyebrows, a rehearsed expression, and a Snapchat filter. Most of us would consider it a throwaway selfie and not put much stock in it, but it’s the Internet we’re dealing with, so folks reacted. Some compared her to the previous FLOTUS, while other commenters pointed out the irony of someone from the Trump family wishing folks a Merry Christmas. Some said it showed a lack of class, while others thought it looked like a Tinder profile pic.
Though we’re used to seeing the FLOTUS’s face, we actually rarely see her face in a selfie, as pointed out by The Cut. In fact, her Christmas selfie was the first selfie in a year, and it’s a heavily edited one, at that. She also went as far as to caption the photo with the hashtag “Merry Christmas,” a phrase that her own husband has a long, strange history with. In fact, just this year, he tweeted, “People are proud to be saying Merry Christmas again. I am proud to have led the charge against the assault of our cherished and beautiful phrase. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!”
Naturally, people weren’t exactly feeling jolly feelings upon seeing the photo. Try as she might, with the Snapchat filter that included a Santa hat, conjured-up reindeers, and a few sprinklings of snow, the First Lady couldn’t get the country to feel quite as festive as she apparently was in the snap.
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) December 25, 2017