Although former first lady Melania Trump had a tendency to hold her tongue in response to critics, there have been a few incidents that prompted a fierce response.
As one recent example, she spoke out against a “misleading” and “dishonorable” critique over the weekend from a historian who took exception to her efforts last year to restore and renovate the White House Rose Garden.
“Here was the grim result”
According to the Daily Wire, the exchange began with a tweet from presidential historian Michael Beschloss, who has proven to be a fervent critic of former President Donald Trump.
“Evisceration of White House Rose Garden was completed a year ago this month, and here was the grim result — decades of American history made to disappear,” he wrote as the caption to a phone of the garden shortly after the work had been complete.
The apparent implication from the post is that Melania Trump had destroyed the historic White House garden — but she was not shy in defending her efforts.
— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) August 7, 2021
In a tweet posted to her office’s account, the former first lady accused Beschloss of proving “his ignorance by showing a picture of the Rose Garden in its infancy,” asserting that it “is graced with a healthy & colorful blossoming of roses.”
“He should never be trusted”
She concluded by insisting that the NBC News pundit “should never be trusted as a professional historian.”
.@BeschlossDC has proven his ignorance by showing a picture of the Rose Garden in its infancy. The Rose Garden is graced with a healthy & colorful blossoming of roses. His misleading information is dishonorable & he should never be trusted as a professional historian. https://t.co/LU243SANF1 pic.twitter.com/PuVOSjxx5w
— Office of Melania Trump (@OfficeofMelania) August 8, 2021
As The Hill reported, various social media users weighed in on the topic, including some who demanded that Trump’s changes be reversed and that the Rose Garden be restored to the design first implemented by former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy and famed horticulturist Rachel Lambert Mellon.
Of course, that is exactly what had been done in the garden last year. Trump worked to undo changes made by prior administrations to return the garden to its original form from 1962.
Although harsh criticism from the media is nothing new for any of the Trumps, the latest assertion from Beschloss was enough to result in a rare rebuttal from the frequently maligned former first lady.