Melania Trump helped pardon a pair of Thanksgiving turkeys wearing a poultry-inspired coat that some on Twitter trashed as “ridiculous,” “hideous” and a cry for help.
To witness Tuesday’s annual turkey pardoning ceremony — a 155-year tradition that began during Abraham Lincoln’s presidency — Melania wore a Dior color-block coat in brown, orange, black and white with a pair of tall, black stiletto boots.
During the Rose Garden ceremony, President Trump officially pardoned two birds from South Dakota named Peas and Carrots. “That turkey is so lucky. I’ve never seen such a beautiful turkey,” he said.
A White House poll voted to spare the life of Peas in what President Trump called a “fair and open election” however both birds were ultimately granted their freedom. “Unfortunately, Carrots refused to concede and demanded a recount, and we’re still fighting with Carrots,” he joked. “I will tell you we’ve come to a conclusion. Carrots, I’m sorry to tell you the result did not change.”
The birds prepped for the ceremony with a “spa day” at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel and joined reporters in the press briefing room. “Even though Peas and Carrots have received a presidential pardon, I have warned them that House Democrats are likely to issue them both subpoenas,” said the president.
But the lucky turkeys lost control of the room when attention was diverted to the first lady’s coat.
Melania Trump has nothing but money. What she could use is a little taste in clothing. The coat she wore at the turkey pardon is ridiculous she looks like a clown.
— Anita Louise (@AnitaOl58697226) November 20, 2018
Someone needs to pardon Melania's coat.
— Bob Nakai (@seniorpoolman) November 20, 2018
— Impeach Trump 🇺🇸🇨🇦 (@dumptrump33) November 20, 2018
The real turkey was Melania's coat.
— Barbara (@babsnyny) November 20, 2018
A few believed the coat was a subliminal message from Melania to escape her role as the first lady, in the spirit of #FreeMelania.
Watching trump at turkey press conference 🤮. Is it just me or Is Melania trying to compete with Peas & Carrots 🦃with the coat she is wearing?
— Mary Cotey (@cotey_mary) November 20, 2018
Melania trying to be sneaky. “S’cuse me. I am turkey. Please pardon.” pic.twitter.com/LHLnV4IrRD
— 6 Tweets/Year (@Freemealwill) November 20, 2018
How nice of Melania to dress up like the guest of honor. pic.twitter.com/3Onsw77Dk6
— Tom Myers (@Tom_Myers) November 20, 2018
And someone said the coat’s geometric pattern was a rip-off of a dress worn by Michelle Obama in a famous painting that hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.
Turkey Pardon for #peasandcarrots
First Melania Trump plagiarized Michelle Obama's speech.
Now she's copying her style.
Geometric shapes in her coat look very familiar to the dress in the portrait.I#TuesdayThoughts #ThanksgivingWeek #Thanksgiving pic.twitter.com/iRRemjbhun
— Mrs D 🌊🌐🍃 (@Mrs_Cldh) November 20, 2018
The coat did receive some compliments — Twitter users also called the look stunning and beautiful.
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