Melania Trump, on Monday, raised some eyebrows when she refused to touch Conan, the hero dog, when the canine was honored for helping U.S. special forces kill ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi last month. The First Lady of the United States was spotted smiling while standing as far away from the four-pawed veteran as possible. Now, Melania sparked fury again after she, reportedly, avoided the lucky two turkeys who were granted clemency as part of the president pardoning.
The FLOTUS posted about the event on social media. “The @WhiteHouse hosted its annual turkey pardoning today! Wishing everyone a #HappyThanksgiving,” she wrote on Twitter. However, eagle-eyed fans were quick to notice how Melania avoided the two birds – named Bread and Butter – while President Donald Trump chose to pet them.
Some netizens lambasted Melania Trump and called her an “animal hater” after the event. “@FLOTUS obviously doesn’t like animals. She stayed away from the dog before, and here she won’t get near the turkey. Explains why she stays as far away from her husband as possible,” Karyn Cleavely said. “Were you booed?! i hope you were booed. You DEFINITELY deserved to have been booed,” Kay Quinn wrote, referring to the recent booing of the First Lady during a youth summit in Baltimore as part of her #BeBest campaign.
Amid the hate that Melania was getting, her avid supporters showed nothing but love for her and President Donald Trump. “Thank you for your work and for staying your course. We’ve become quite disrespectful. I’m sorry. Best to your family,” Robin Raptosh stated in the comment section. “Happy Thanksgiving to a gracious, sweet and fearless First Lady. We love you Melania ❤ ️ __ Bless you & our @POTUS __ now & forever,” Patricia Stewart wrote.
Melania Trump has yet to comment on these harsh remarks. However, the FLOTUS already acknowledged the boos she met during at a youth opioid awareness event earlier this week. “We live in a democracy and everyone is entitled to their opinion,” Melania said, as per MSNBC reporter Annie Karni. “I remain committed to educating children on the dangers and deadly consequences of drug abuse,” she went on.
Nate Stewart, a member of the UMBC chapter of Young Democratic Socialists of America (YDSA) group that organized the rally outside the event venue, told BuzzFeed News he did not expect students will boo Melania Trump. He clarified that they did not intend to attack Melania as a person but the “hypocrisy of having Melania Trump as a representative of the White House to speak about the opioid crisis” when they “believe that the crisis was perpetuated by the same White House.”