All eyes were on first lady Melania Trump at last night’s Republican National Convention. In 2016, the first lady took heat for her RNC address that plagiarized large parts of former first lady Michelle Obama’s speech at the 2008 DNC. This time, the speech was all original and displayed great empathy for those who have suffered during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“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 are not alone,” she said from the newly redesigned White House Rose Garden. “Donald will not rest until he has done all he can to take care of everyone impacted by this terrible pandemic.”
Her speech was somewhat remarkable as most other speakers at the 2020 RNC have underplayed the impact of the pandemic, claiming that without President Trump’s leadership, the suffering experienced would have been worsened. It should be noted that those attending her speech were not social distanced nor wearing masks.
The first lady also made an appeal to women voters as the president is polling very poorly among this demographic. “In my husband, you have a president who will not stop fighting for you and your families. I see how hard he works, each day and night,” she said.
Blake is a writer focused on non-profits and trade industries. He has told the stories of countless peacebuilders while covering international development with the nonprofit Search for Common Ground. He is a graduate of the George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs.