Melania Trump Responds To Backlash Over Photos Of Her Working On White House Tennis Pavilion During Coronavirus Crisis
Melania Trump responded to internet backlash Saturday after she posted pictures of herself working on a construction project for a White House tennis court pavilion.
“I encourage everyone who chooses to be negative & question my work at the @WhiteHouse to take time and contribute something good & productive in their own communities #BeBest,” she said in the tweet. The hashtag “be best” is a reference to her anti-bullying campaign.
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) March 7, 2020
The first lady’s original tweet included pictures of her in a hardhat looking at blueprints. Critics responded with tweets that pointed to other current events that they believed deserved more attention, like the coronavirus, Tennessee’s tornado, or family separation at the border.
29 people were killed by a tornado in Tennessee, the world is shuddering as a pandemic expands and what is a tennis pavilion?
— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) March 5, 2020
This is the most extraordinary thing to tweet in the midst of an epidemic. You really are amazingly out of touch with real live people.
— Victoria Brownworth ☣ (@VABVOX) March 6, 2020
It is not the fact that tennis courts are being built at WH that is at issue (by all means, build them), it is the ignorance surrounding the optics of voluntarily promoting these private benefits during the ongoing public health & financial crisis.
Seriously, what don’t you get? https://t.co/DVvVAU3pZA
— Mark S. Zaid (@MarkSZaidEsq) March 5, 2020
The building’s construction, which began in October, is not being paid for by public funds, according to White House officials.
The pavilion is set to replace an existing one that houses restrooms and storage. Its grand design mimics the look of the White House.