Sept. 11, 2018, marks the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. For Americans, it’s a time to reflect on the events of that tragic day and pay homage to those who lost their lives and the brave first responders who ran towards danger.
But there’s a lot of discord over Melania Trump‘s tweet about the somber anniversary. Before joining President Trump for a memorial to the victims of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pa., the first lady posted a photo of the couple and two military guards standing solemnly just outside of the White House. The photo was taken during a 9/11 memorial service held last year.
While there’s little to object to in FLOTUS’s short but simple message of #NeverForget, her critics have found her choice of image to be distasteful — because it features her and the president. The first lady’s tweet has been slammed by commenters who accuse her of posting a “narcissistic” photo rather than patriotic imagery or art specific to the lives lost on Sept. 11. (Stepson Donald Trump Jr., for instance, posted this image of the Twin Towers.)
To commemorate 9/11 you post an image of……yourselves. Ok.
— Elizabeth Judd (@Emannjudd) September 11, 2018
Quick tip: When posting about a tragedy, a photo of yourself is never a good choice. When in doubt, just an american flag will do.
— Etienne Laurent (@atnlowran) September 11, 2018
Why you essentially post a selfie to commemorate this solemn day? There are plenty of images available through Google that would be less narcissistic and self serving.
— momish (@tracy_momma) September 11, 2018
Why a picture of you? So weird.
— Robyn (@R0bynAnn) September 11, 2018
Who in the world posts a picture of themselves to remember such a tragic day in history? Why not highlight some of the brave souls and family members directly affected that day?
— Papaya (@payal_bhavsar23) September 11, 2018
Sorry but pictures of yourselves for every occasion and memorial are not appropriate
— chris (@cdms80) September 11, 2018
Mrs. Trump isn’t alone in getting flak over her Sept. 11 tweet. President Trump’s tweet referencing the anniversary has been criticized for seeming overly enthusiastic and tone-deaf.
17 years since September 11th!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 11, 2018
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