WATCH: Melania Trump Criticizes Online Bullying Despite Husband’s Behavior In RNC Speech
First Lady Melania Trump spoke at the second night of the Republican National Convention on Tuesday, making empathetic remarks about coronavirus pandemic victims and showing a softer side in comparison to her husband’s rhetoric and other speakers’ fiery speeches. Melanie highlighted the efforts of her Be Best campaign to stop online bullying – despite the fact that her husband is the country’s foremost online bully.
The 25-minute speech was the longest ever for Melania as the first lady. After a 2016 scandal, when a speechwriter plagiarized parts of former First Lady Michelle Obama‘s speech, Melania had an opportunity to recover her reputation.
“My deepest sympathy goes out to everyone who has lost a loved one, and my prayers are with those who are ill or suffering,” she said in a speech in the Rose Garden at the White House. “I know many people are anxious, and some feel helpless. I want you to know you’re not alone.”
The coronavirus pandemic has taken more than 170,000 Americans’ lives and resulted in millions of job losses. The first lady was the only one of the speakers to address the loss and pain brought by the pandemic, while others brushed off the casualties and underlined the “accomplishments” of the Trump administration.
Melania did not speak about what President Donald Trump has accomplished so far but promised the nation her husband will take measures to help American citizens.
“Donald will not rest until he has done all he can to take care of everyone impacted by this terrible pandemic,” she said.
Melania also addressed the nationwide racial unrest in the country again, after police shot a black man, Jacob Blake, in the back multiple times on Sunday in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The protests in Kenosha have been now going on for the several days and police have been firing tear gas and rubber bullets to clear out the crowds.
“I urge people to come together in a civil manner so we can work and live up to our standard American ideals,” she said. “I also ask people to stop the violence and looting being done in the name of justice, and never make assumptions based on the color of a person’s skin.”
She spoke about her visit to Ghana in 2018, where she learned about the slave trade.
“I was horrified when I listened to the guide tell me so many inhumane stories,” she said. “And I gained a new perspective. This time in our history, we must never forget so that we can ensure that it never happens again.”
Unlike the president, Melania also acknowledged the history of racism that is still prevalent in America and called in for unity.
“It is a harsh reality that we are not proud of parts of our history,” she said. “We must remember that today we are all one community. Our diverse and storied history is what makes our country strong, and yet we still have so much to learn from one another.”
She said that the president cares about America and American people despite his divisive style.
“Total honesty is what we as citizens deserve from our president,” Melania said. “Whether you like it or not, you always know what he’s thinking. And that is because he is an authentic person.”