The Brief: The first lady of the United States chose blood-red Christmas tree decorations for the White House, sparking online backlash around both her decorating skills and politics.

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Memes and jokes about these starkly blood-red trees range from lighthearted jokes to deep criticisms of the Trump administration. These include references to The Handmaid’s Tale, Gritty, The Shining, Parks & Rec, and the recent tear gassing of people seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Melania Trump responded to the criticism, saying that “we are in the 21st century and everybody has a different taste” and “I think they look fantastic.”

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