The White House has reluctantly ordered that a 200-year-old tree planted in the 1800s be removed from the White House grounds. But we are in the age of fake news so, naturally, the far left, old media establishment is idiotically blaming Melania Trump for this brazen destruction of history.
Firstly, this 200-year-old tree is called the “Jackson Magnolia” and is rumored to have been planted by Old Hickory himself, President Andrew Jackson, after he won the brutal election of 1828. When Jackson entered the White House that year it was as a widower because his beloved wife had died of a heart attack a short time before the inauguration.
According to legend — as we can’t be 100 percent sure of this — Jackson is said to have planted on the White House grounds a sprig from his wife’s favorite tree from his plantation back home in Tennessee, the Hermitage. It was a memorial to his dear wife, according to the story.
Photographs depicting the grand tree go back to the late 1800s and stories of its growth go back to the rumored 1828 planting. So, it is certainly known to be at least as old as legend has it.
According to CNN some of the historic highlights of the life of the tree are as follows:
- From 1928 to 1998, the tree was featured prominently on the back of the $20 bill.
- In 1994, a single-engine plane crashed onto the South Lawn of the White House, sending debris from the wreckage into the Jackson Magnolia, cutting off one of its larger branches.
- Laura Bush commissioned a set of White House china inspired by the tree, called “The Magnolia Residence China,” painted with magnolia leaves and blossoms.
- Michelle Obama in 2009 took a seedling from the magnolia to the United States Department of Agriculture so that it could grow at the USDA’s community garden.
- In 2016, Obama also clipped a seedling as a gift to the people of Cuba; it was planted during the Obamas’ visit there. Various other dignitaries and first ladies have gifted or replanted seedlings from the tree throughout history.
However, the famed tree has essentially been a dead husk for years and started its death spiral as far back as 1970 when White House grounds keepers sliced off some of the larger branches of the tree to try and save it from splitting apart. Unfortunately, their efforts didn’t much help and the tree began to slowly rot away from that point on.
By the 1990s the grounds keepers had to start setting up poles and cables in a desperate attempt to keep the historic magnolia from falling to the ground from decay. And now, it is just too far gone to save.
According to a new report by the United States National Arboretum, the cables and supports holding it upright are seriously compromised and the tree is just dead.
As the report reads:
The overall architecture and structure of the tree is greatly compromised and the tree is completely dependent on the artificial support. Without the extensive cabling system, the tree would have fallen years ago. Presently, and very concerning, the cabling system is failing on the east trunk, as a cable has pulled through the very thin layer of wood that remains. It is difficult to predict when and how many more will fail.
Sadly, the famed tree is now a danger to anyone who walks near it because it could fall apart and tumble to the ground at any second. And trying to keep it propped up is a forlorn hope.
The report added, “further cabling and support of the east leader is not an option due to the fragile, almost non-existent lower trunk. There is no longer a sound foundation, and the upper portion lacks sound wood for cabling. This half of the tree is considered a hazard. The west leader, on the other hand, could possibly be saved for a time, but will eventually succumb to the same fate. In addition, the high winds resulting from frequent helicopter landings complicates the future of the limb. It may fail in an unpredictable way.”
So, Melania Trump has made the difficult decision to have it removed.
But not to worry, CNN also reported that in preparation for this eventuality, years ago Arboretum employees pulled some shoots rom the tree and has been nurturing them to strong, healthy life. There are several young saplings already reaching some ten feet in height waiting to take their place where the original once stood.
But how has this story been reported? Why, the media is telling people that mean, nasty, foreign, Trump heathen is destroying that historic, lovely magnolia tree… that’s how the media is reporting it.
Every single headline being sold to a gullible public makes it seem as if stupid Melania is just cutting down the tree because she doesn’t like it, or something. Not one headline tells the story in a truthful way.
Just look at this fake news:
— The Hill (@thehill) December 26, 2017
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) December 26, 2017
Melania Trump orders White House tree from 1800s to be cut down https://t.co/NWW6Zhs1eU
— The Independent (@Independent) December 26, 2017
Melania Trump orders removal of near-200-year-old tree https://t.co/ZcBHNqRP7b
— Raw Story (@RawStory) December 26, 2017
— HuffPost (@HuffPost) December 26, 2017
— Slate (@Slate) December 26, 2017
Melania Trump orders iconic White House tree to be cut down https://t.co/TMpECwuIQT
— WGN TV News (@WGNNews) December 26, 2017
None of these headlines are accurate. Melania didn’t just wave her delicate hand and order the destruction of an historic tree like she was queen of Sheba or something. She followed the recommendation of experts who said the tree is dead. It wasn’t just her whim. Not only that but there are offshoots of the darn thing ready to be planted to take their place so the legacy of the tree will continue into the future.
But, sadly, fake news gonna fake news.