Does viciousness know no limits?

Apparently not, based on comments occasioned by First Lady Melania Trump’s refurbishment of the White House Rose Garden.

Former New York Times reporter Kurt Eichenwald:  

‘It is a destruction of our history, something no other First Lady would have had the gall to do,’ Eichenwald, a New York Times bestselling author, tweeted on Saturday, “This is the first time I have been furious that @FLOTUS is a foreigner. She has no right to wreck our history.”

When Jake Tapper and Al Jazeera host Mehdi Hasan called out Eichenwald, he added:

Someone who has only been a citizen for less than 1/3 of her life should be reverent to America’s history, should honor our history, not decide her personal taste should rip it up.

This has a special ring, given the recent destruction of American statues and memorials. Eichenwald eventually issued a non-apology saying he should have been more careful in his choice of words.

Other reactions:

‘The Trumps paved paradise and put up a parking lot,’ wrote one person. 

‘Parched and colorless, much like the rabble currently living within,’ one person tweeted. 

Another wrote: ‘What a shame, Melania took something beautiful and made it cold, colorless and boring.’ 

Others described its new look as that of a ‘cemetery’ alongside an aerial image of a bare lawn. 

Much of the criticism also focused on the absence of the cherry blossom trees that once lined the garden.    

‘And in yet another insult to George Washington and the country, Melania ordered the cherry tree to be chopped down,’ one person tweeted.

Some cited the drastic makeover as a sign of Trump’s America, saying the multicolored flowers being replaced with white flowers marked a lack diversity at the White House.

‘Chopping down the cherry trees because they’re symbols of honesty. Replacing the multicolored flowers because they’re symbols of diversity,’ one person tweeted.

‘Sidewalk installed because 45* can’t walk on grass. Don’t want him falling over into the WHITE ONLY flowerbed.’

Another person added it was a ‘metaphor for what Trump has done to this country’. 

‘Melania’s renovated Rose Garden is a metaphor for what Trump has done to this country. Removed all the well established beautiful things, took out all the color, and turned it all white, and charged the American taxpayer way to much to do it,’ they tweeted. 

Someone else added:

I liked it better before with the flowering crab trees. Jackie Kennedy was responsible for the first rose garden. Seems like donors could have thought of a better use for the money, and our first “lady” could find a better use of her time. People are dead for cryin’ out loud.

I’ll leave commentary on the Rose Garden to my friends who are more knowledgeable about gardens. It was the joint project of Jacquelyn Kennedy and Bunny Mellon, and undeniably lovely. It is entirely possible that somebody could be nostalgic about it, but the insulting nature of the reaction sickened and disgusted me.

In addition to the pure, unmitigated viciousness, there is the snobbery. It is the same strain of snobbery found in former FBI lawyer Peter Strzok’s famous email about how he could “smell” Trump supporters in a Walmart parking lot. Decent people don’t talk (or think) this way.

Mrs. Trump has comported herself graciously throughout nearly four years of such insults.  It can’t have been easy, but she has, as my mother would have said, risen above it. That is what a lady does.

Where were the valiant Rose Garden defenders when statues of our Founding Fathers and other notables of our history were being toppled?