Nevertheless, many social media users made clear not only their ire, but general confusion, as to why she suddenly made this decision at such a fraught time when doing literally anything else might seem more useful.
“With Nearly 150,000 dead from coronavirus, 18 Million unemployed, and unemployment benefits ending, Melania will revamp the Rose Garden as her husband does nothing to alleviate the pain and suffering,” one Twitter user wrote.
The White House announced Melania’s plans for a “significant renewal” of the garden on Monday in a press release, stating that this “much-anticipated project” sought to “improve one of the most iconic locations on the White House grounds”.
The New York Timesdescribed the White House Rose Garden as "a signature showcase of power used by presidents for decades," explaining why Melania might be working on the decoration effort as her husband works to be re-elected.
Even in the most difficult times, the @WhiteHouse Rose Garden has stood as a symbol of strength & continuity. Today… https://t.co/aH8eKv1Xbl
This was not a good enough excuse for most people: “Why is Melania Trump announcing a Rose Garden renovation in the middle of a national crisis? 149,000 Americans have died in a window of a few short months,” another user said.
Melania Trump will revamp the White House Rose Garden to match the Marie Antoinette Tennis Pavilion and perimeter f… https://t.co/IZlC8fdJ8g
Marie Antoinette began trending on Twitter, as users said that the renovation was a “let them eat cake” moment. (The infamous queen supposedly said this in response to her being told peasants were starving.)
In the middle of what also can be described as extreme chaos across the US, Melania might as well have said "let them eat roses".