Melania Trump has made an unprecedented move, by appearing to make a number of digs at her husband President Donald Trump during her RNC Speech, noting the importance of racial harmony and ‘complete honesty’ from a POTUS.
On Tuesday, the First Lady delivered a speech at the 2020 Republican National Convention from her newly-renovated (and controversial) Rose Garden at the White House.
During her time at the podium, the former model chose not to criticise Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden like other speakers. Instead, she spoke about the ‘beautiful side of humanity’, the need for transparency from the country’s leaders and her husband’s lack of filter when it comes to expressing his thoughts.
At the beginning of her speech, Melania expressed compassion for those who have lost loved ones during the Coronavirus pandemic. The virus has killed more than 178,000 Americans to date.
She was one of the only speakers during the night to express sympathy for Americans during the pandemic. White House economist Larry Kudlow confusingly spoke about the virus in the past tense. ‘It was awful,’ Kudlow said of the ongoing pandemic.
‘I want to acknowledge the fact that since March, our lives have changed drastically,’ she said. She also noted: ‘My deepest sympathy goes out to everyone who has lost a loved one and my prayers are with those who are ill or suffering.
‘I know many people are anxious and some feel helpless. I want you to know you're not alone.’
While she noted her husband won’t stop fighting until there is an ‘effective vaccine available to everyone’, there was also a nod to the fact that Donald Trump has repeatedly lied about the pandemic, with her calls for presidential honesty.
In recent months, the president told the public that the virus would ‘weaken’ by April, that the pandemic was ‘getting under control’, that ‘99 per cent’ of Covid-19 cases are ‘totally harmless’ and the US had the lowest Fatality (Mortality) Rate in the World. Oh yes, and then there were his musings on the idea of injecting disinfectant into the body to treat the virus...
Later in her speech, Melania spoke about the importance of racial harmony, months after the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and the rising influence of the Black Lives Matter movement across the world.
‘Like all of you, I have reflected on the racial unrest in our country,’ she said, amid protests in Kenosha, Wisconcsin following the recent police shooting of Jacob Blake, an African American man who was repeatedly shot in the back by officers.
‘It is a harsh reality that we are not proud of parts of our history. I encourage people to focus on the future while still learning from our past.
‘We must remember that today we are all one community comprised of many races, religions and ethnicities. Our diverse and storied history is what makes our country strong, and yet we still have so much to learn from one another.’
Her comments were striking, if just for the fact that they were in sharp contrast to her husband’s, who tweeted a call for the Midwestern state's governor to bring in the National Guard as unrest continued.
Governor should call in the National Guard in Wisconsin. It is ready, willing, and more than able. End problem FAST!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 26, 2020
Last month, Trump also called the words ‘Black Lives Matter’ a ‘symbol of hate’ and described protesters who toppled statues of Confederate leaders as ‘angry mobs’.
Later in her speech, the mother-of-one spoke about the importance of honesty from a president, during a time in which Trump has been accused of waging a war on truth during his time in charge.
She did, however, go some way to credit him for his upfront nature, stating:
‘Total honesty is what we as citizens deserve from our president. Whether you like it or not you always know what he's thinking. And that is because he's an authentic person who loves this country and its people and wants to continue to make it better.’
At the end of the speech, Melania explained why she had decided not to criticism Democrats unlike her contemporaries during the convention.
‘I don’t want to use this precious time attacking the other side, because, as we saw last week, that kind of talk only serves to divide the country further,’ she noted.
CNN reports the First Lady’s speech wasn’t vetted by anyone in the West Wing nor did anyone on the President’s staff approve its content.
The First Lady shunned the help of professional speechwriters, according to the publication.
‘Most of her remarks were written by a senior aide, says a campaign official, who tells CNN Melania Trump spent several hours [on Monday] in the East Wing rehearsing and making final adjustments to the copy,’ the news outlet states.
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