It’s the first lady’s turn to pitch for husband Donald Trump’s presidential re-election hopes, and she owned it.
“I believe that we need my husband's leadership now more than ever in order to bring us back once again to the greatest economy and the strongest country ever known.” –Melania Trump, RNC 2020 speech
As expected, Melania Trump gained public attention and criticisms as she delivered her speech at the White House Rose Garden, breaking traditions and crossing ethical lines –an unfamiliar move from other first ladies who took office before her.
Melania Trump closes second night of RNC marked by apparent violations of Hatch Act – follow live https://t.co/lVCwB2rf4c— The Guardian (@guardian) August 26, 2020
Poised and confident, the First Lady walked out from the hallway leading to the podium of the Rose Garden, that she, weeks before the Republican Convention, had placed under renovation to serve as her backdrop on this event; while sending a message to the American people, to gamble for the second time around to her husband, President Donald Trump in this November 2020 election.
Her speech touched two key issues that were reluctantly discussed by other speakers on the first night of the convention – Coronavirus and the racial injustice in America. Mrs. Trump opened up the topic on Coronavirus whom she called an “invisible enemy” that “swept across our beautiful country and impacted all of us” while sending a message of sympathy to those families whose loved ones fought bravely and lost the battle to the respiratory disease and compassion to Americans who continue to fight in these challenging times, “I want you to know you are not alone,” she said.
“That’s the first time in 2 days that we’ve had even a straight forward expression of sympathy to the more than 179,000 American families who have lost a loved one to coronavirus,” @Maddow says of First Lady Melania Trump’s #RNC2020 speech.https://t.co/1vpTWfnm5F— MSNBC (@MSNBC) August 26, 2020
She claimed that her husband’s administration “will not stop fighting until there is an effective treatment or vaccine available to everyone,” because she believes her husband will not rest until he has done something for the American people who suffered great loss in this terrible pandemic. As of press time, America tops the world chart of countries with worst cases and highest death tolls reported, facts, that for months now, her husband continues to challenge and takes for granted while relying on his understanding of the situation. The first lady acknowledged the health care professionals, front line workers, and teachers who “despite the risk to yourselves and your own families” remained dedicated to their profession.
What a tremendous RNC Night 2, capped off by a tremendous speech from @FLOTUS. Graceful, eloquent, and compelling—speaking to all Americans about the greatness of our country. BRAVO. 🇺🇸— Mark Meadows (@MarkMeadows) August 26, 2020
Her speech included a portion of her personal American dream story or a.k.a the immigrant side of her talk that night. She said that becoming an American Citizen to a country she called, “a nation that allows for people to arrive with a dream and make it a reality,” at the age of 26, was one of the proudest moments of her life; She thanked her parents helped her to what she turned out to be now. She incorporated in her speech another topic concerning the racial unrest that affects every individual, a long-existing issue that hits the past and present administration country. She described this as “a harsh reality that we are not proud of parts of our history,” but pointed out that people of this nation must remember how blended and diverse America today. Mrs. Trump endorsed her husband's contribution in addressing issues around race and religion as she tried to earn votes for the republican president once the Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden referred to as the first racist president of the country. The first lady said that Trump was the first president who ended religious prosecution in countries across the world and someone who made “substantial investments” to historically black colleges and universities.
Melania Trump shared a point that appeared to be a conflict of reality to the man she currently fights for - the social media and technology, and how these, affects children in a wider scope. Ironically, her husband has been actively involved in some social media platforms, where most of the time, a venue for the Republican president to air out his judgments over remarks from his harsh critics and attack his political rivals. “No matter the amount of negative or false media headlines or attacks from the other side, Donald Trump has not and will not lose focus on you,” the first lady said.
In her #RNC2020 speech, Melania Trump touted her Be Best initiative. One of the main components of her campaign is tackling cyberbullying ― something her husband does almost daily on Twitter.https://t.co/t9GO4L5DAM— HuffPost (@HuffPost) August 26, 2020
As a wife, the first lady described Donald Trump as a supportive husband and someone who built an administration that empowers women’s role in society and supports women’s leadership at the White House. However, amidst these claims, election polls revealed that the President remained unfavorable among women voters compared to his Democratic rival, Joe Biden. Just recently, one of the president’s fierce defender and longest-serving aid, Kellyanne Conway, dropped the news of parting from her senior duties at the Oval office. On Monday, she unveiled an art exhibit that features various students from different states, whose artworks revolves around women who made history, to commemorate the passage and ratification of the 19th amendment of the US constitution.
In an attempt to further promote his husband’s goal to regain power, Mrs. Trump told the public that her husband “doesn’t waste time playing politics” and gets the job done by being outspoken on matters that have a great impact in the lives of the American people. The first lady said, “I am here because we need my husband to be our president and commander in chief for four more years. He is what is best for our country.”
Unlike those officials who delivered their convention speeches that night, Melania Trump skipped the traditional name dropping of anyone from the Democratic side of the race. She paid close attention to, humanize her husband, and vouch on his credibility to lead the country; because she does not 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.”
The CNN hosts were effusive in their praise for the speech, claiming it showed the first lady expressing “strong sympathy” for victims of the coronavirus and racial injustice.#RNC2020 https://t.co/W24aQpVyUB— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) August 26, 2020
Mrs. Trump's speech was well-received by the audience present at the White House, it was personal, uplifting, and deeply rooted in what she thinks this current election and pandemic had brought America. Though she tried to make sure she played the role of a supportive wife to pitch for her husband, that Rose Garden speech the First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump, delivered was more of her own pitch for America.