The first lady, Melania Trump, criticized her latest Christmas decorations from the White House and invited everyone to check them out in person at an appearance at Liberty University on Wednesday.
"We are in the twenty-first century and everyone has different tastes, I think that they have a fantastic look," said the first lady at a public debate on the opioid crisis in America.
"I hope everyone will come to visit her," she said as the crowd burst into applause. "In real life, they are even more beautiful. You are all welcome to the White House. "
"We are in the 21st century and everyone has different tastes, I think they look fantastic"
A variety of mainstream media criticized Melania's holiday decor when it was revealed on Monday. Many guard dogs came to her defense, noting that the negative reactions were simply an example of hypocrisy from journalists who were not fans of her husband, President Trump.
"The Christmas war has evolved into a part of the media war against Trump," Media Research Center Vice President Dan Gainor told Fox News.
Melania told the Liberty University crowd that the media liked to focus on "unimportant things" such as holiday decorations, but its goal is to shed light on important issues that may impact on as a first lady – such as the opioid crisis and the success of successful adults.
The politically polarizing decorations include over 20,000 feet of lights, 14,000 ornaments, 12,000 bows, pencil wreaths, a huge spice house, 40 topiaries and lots of red, which the office of the first lady called "a symbol of value and courage. "
The Washington Post continued to mock decorations two days after their unveiling by publishing an article referring to Melania's "nightmare forest", which swept many pejorative comparisons made by Twitter trolls earlier in the week.
"Last year, the trees were of a dreadful and horrible white. It was always winter and never Christmas, "wrote columnist Alexandra Petri. "This year everything is red. It is perfectly natural that the trees are red. The trees are red (Internet says) like a maid's mantle. Do not think about blood. Keep walking. "
The media did not all express their disdain for Melania's Christmas decoration and TheWrap's Jon Levine. taken to Twitter to defend his style.
"I think the White House Christmas display looks amazing and the story will be more about Melania Trump's style choices than her many critics today," Levine wrote.
Benny Johnson, of the Daily Caller, attended a press preview of the decorations Tuesday night and left impressed.
"It was not just nice, it was beyond my wildest expectations," Johnson wrote. "The decor is dazzling when you walk from room to room. The old manor house anime. Even the much-maligned "red Christmas trees of death" would melt the stony heart of the bitterest critic. "
Johnson concluded her criticism by echoing the first lady's request: "To the most severe critics of Melania, I implore you: go see the decorations for yourself."