President Trump and first lady Melania Trump give out Halloween treats to children Monday at the South Portico of the White House. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)
The White House hosted a Halloween bash on Monday night, and for the most part, the event went as one would expect. Trump posed with a skeleton in a MAGA hat. Melania Trump smiled at a little girl dressed in the outfit that the first lady wore to survey hurricane damage in August. There were photo ops and plenty of forced smiles.
But then Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos showed up as Ms. Frizzle, a beloved character from the ’90s television show “The Magic School Bus.”
And Twitter was NOT here for it.
Betsy DeVos dressed as Ms. Frizzle for Halloween and everyone’s thrilled! No just kidding they are very mad. pic.twitter.com/msk0dMA7tL
— Bob Smith Sr. (@BobbySmitty3) October 31, 2017
ms. frizzle is more qualified to be secretary of ed. than Betsy DeVos
— Jaelyn Nicole G. (@Jaelyn_Nicole_) February 20, 2017
Many thought it was an ironic choice for her.
Today: Betsy DeVos is Ms. Frizzle and never has anything been SO ironically incorrect.
— Otto Erotique (@dildoughnuts) October 31, 2017
It’s funny because Ms. Frizzle is a public school teacher, exactly what Betsy DeVos hates. Truly is a scary costume. https://t.co/smwI9Prhz3
— Mike (@ElementCo27) October 31, 2017
Including Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.).
Unlike @BetsyDeVos, Ms. Frizzle supported science in the clbadroom and actually had a background in education https://t.co/aiMcvuICTC
— Rep. Mark Pocan (@repmarkpocan) October 31, 2017
Then Trump vs. T-Rex happened.
Video footage shows Trump allegedly snub a child dressed as an inflatable T-Rex.
I can’t stop watching this.
Melania’s reaction “Who is that?”
Trump’s reaction: “…” pic.twitter.com/96s2RQ7Zp8
— Peter Stevenson (@PeterWStevenson) October 30, 2017
Naturally, Twitter was quick to poke fun.
Dinosaurs are terrible animals, I like animals that don’t go extinct, their numbers are way down, all bad, I know I went to good schools https://t.co/2ZDyxjqAqO
— Steven O’Reilly (@SteveOReilly) October 30, 2017
One user joked that the costume may have reminded POTUS of another Rex, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
He’s had trouble with guys named Rex.
— Bigshtprf (@thebigshotprof) October 30, 2017
Some speculated that the costume sparked bad memories of a protest in August in which demonstrators charged the White House, all dressed in the dreaded dinosaur costume.
Dinosaur suit-wearing protesters march on Washington to protest Pres. Trump’s plan to slash the budget for national service programs. pic.twitter.com/Diy9AJkrd8
— ABC News (@ABC) September 1, 2017
— Jackie (@LiberalMmama) October 31, 2017
Whatever the reason for the snub (fear? disdain?) it made for good some tweets.