Fact Check: Did Melania Concede That Trump Lost Election With 'Final Holiday Season' White House Announcement?

Following Joe Biden's projected victory in the 2020 presidential election, President Donald Trump has said that he will not concede the election due to legal challenges that perpetuate baseless claims of voter fraud.

Several Trump-backing Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Lindsey Graham, have supported his refusal to concede, while other members of the GOP have condemned the president for being unaccepting of the election results.

The Claim

On Thursday, an announcement attributed to Melania Trump from a website titled "White House Info" surfaced on social media and supposedly detailed this year's White House Christmas tours planned by the first lady.

Several news outlets and journalists on Twitter, from the Daily Mail's Emily Goodin to Bloomberg's Nancy Ognanovich, cited a claim from the site that says, "2020 marks the final holiday season for the Trump White House."

The White House website for Christmas Tours notes "2020 marks the final holiday season for the Trump White House" as President Trump refuses to publicly concede presidential race to Joe Biden https://t.co/MKzarKVWG0

— Emily Goodin (@Emilylgoodin) November 12, 2020

Hark the herald angels sing!
I just got into the Christmas spirit all of a sudden.

“2020 marks the final Holiday season for the Trump White House....”. Read it again. Say it out loud.

Fa la la la la la la 🎄 https://t.co/xKd3CpHDTg

— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) November 13, 2020

The claim quickly made rounds on Twitter and into headlines, including TMZ and InStyle, as proof of Melania conceding that her husband lost the presidential election.

The Facts

The website notes a disclaimer that states it isn't officially associated with the White House. According to the site's "About" page, the purpose of White House Info is to provide "detailed information about White House related topics of interest," including White House tours and the annual Easter Egg Roll.

The website says it gets its information from the official White House website, along with other official government sources and local and national media.

The first lady's press secretary, Stephanie Grisham, cleared up the claim on Thursday night, directly pointing out that the website was associated with neither the White House nor the first lady.

"Don't trust any website but the original http://WhiteHouse.gov," Grisham tweeted. "@FLOTUS looks forward to once again opening the People's House for Christmas. It's an annual tradition that she's enjoyed designing since June. The décor will be showcased & celebrated across the country in Dec!"

Don't trust any website but the original https://t.co/o2trpoXMJd. @FLOTUS looks forward to once again opening the People's House for Christmas. It's an annual tradition that she's enjoyed designing since June. The décor will be showcased & celebrated across the country in Dec!

— Stephanie Grisham (@StephGrisham45) November 13, 2020

Ognanovich issued a correction following Grisham's tweet on Friday, tweeting: "On Thursday incorrect information about the #WhiteHouse holiday preparations was posted and the tweet was deleted." She then cited the correct, White House-affiliated website detailing the 2020 Christmas plans.

Correction: On Thursday incorrect information about the #WhiteHouse holiday preparations was posted and the tweet was deleted. The official White House information about the plans is available here: https://t.co/gCe5cfe8hB pic.twitter.com/K5qJyEl6F1

— Nancy Ognanovich (@NOgnanovich) November 13, 2020

Following Biden's victory last week, Melania reiterated the Trump campaign's consistent calls for "transparency" in the election process, despite there being no evidence that widespread voter fraud had occurred, and suggested following through with the legal battles and statewide recounts put forward by the Trump campaign in several states, including Pennsylvania, Arizona, Wisconsin and Georgia.

"The American people deserve fair elections," the first lady tweeted. "Every legal - not illegal - vote should be counted. We must protect our democracy with complete transparency."

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First lady Melania Trump said U.S. political candidates should be exhibiting "responsibility and respect" to the nation's children. Alex Wong/Getty

Melania will be taking on the task of decorating the White House for Christmas after secret tapes recorded by longtime friend and former White House aide Stephanie Winston Wolkoff surfaced earlier this year. The tapes, which appeared in Wolkoff's book, Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship With the First Lady, highlight Melania's contempt for the traditional first-lady duty.

"I'm working ... my a-- off on the Christmas stuff, that you know, who gives a f--- about the Christmas stuff and decorations?" she can be heard saying. "But I need to do it, right?"

In an October statement, the first lady said the quote was taken "out of context" and dismissed Wolkoff's book as "idle gossip trying to distort my character."

The Ruling

False.

The quote stating that this year is the "final holiday season" for the Trump White House was incorrectly attributed to Melania Trump and the White House. The website that mentioned this sentence was an unofficial site providing information on White House tours and is in no way affiliated with the White House or Melania Trump.