President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump may have made a splash on Friday, January 20, but not in the way most people expect. According to Facebook, 11,000 people are currently talking about the hashtag #FreeMelania, with Facebook placing “Melania Trump petrified” pre-filled in the search engine of the social media website. That’s because a widely circulated video showing Melania smiling as President Trump turned in her direction, but quickly losing Mrs. Trump’s smile when Mr. Trump turned away from Melania has people reading body language.
Whereas some people think Melania was simply feeling the weight of the day’s events — other people are claiming that Melania’s demeanor means that Mrs. Trump feels a certain way about Mr. Trump.
Despite the video being circulated showing a serious and sad and pensive look come across Mrs. Trump’s face, it’s not exactly known why Melania’s expression changed. As reported by Snopes, some people on social media speculated that Mr. Trump may have said something to Melania to turn her smile into a frown. However, Mr. Trump may have actually been speaking to Barron Trump, who the publication said could be seen fidgeting and talking during the ceremony — as witnessed from a different vantage point of a video that appears on Snopes’ page. The publication speculates that Mr. Trump may have admonished Barron, and such a tactic might have caused Melania to frown.
Either way, people online are using that incident, as well as other so-dubbed awkward moments during the long day of activities to place their own speculations upon the marriage of the Trumps.
As reported by AOL, the video of Melania frowning began to go viral just as Mr. and Mrs. Trump celebrated 12 years of marriage. And whereas some Trump supporters loved the manner in which President Trump and Mrs. Trump danced at their inaugural balls, others found their dancing awkward and stilted and not necessarily romantic.
First Lady Melania is now the subject of plenty of memes online, with some using the #FreeMelania hashtag to joke that Mrs. Trump handed Mrs. Obama a Tiffany & Co. box with a sign that asked for help, instead of the likely speculated contents of a fancy photo frame.