Melania Trump delivered a blistering campaign speech in support of her husband on Tuesday, attacking Democrats for impeaching him, Joe Biden for criticizing him, and the media for focusing on ‘idle gossip and palace intrigue.’
In her first solo campaign stop of the year, the first lady didn’t hold back in a fiery address that made the case for voters to give President Donald Trump a second term, slamming his rival as a 'socialist' who would 'destroy America.'
She described her husband as a ‘fighter’ and tried to turn one of his biggest areas of criticism into a strength: his steady stream of tweets.
‘Donald is a fighter. He loves this country and he fights for you every single day. For the first time in history, the citizens of this country get to hear directly and instantly from their President every single day through social media,’ she said.
The first lady was in Pennsylvania, a critical battleground state that her husband needs in his corner come Election Day.
Melania Trump also addressed questions she has faced about how her Be Best initiative combats online bullying but her husband frequently goes on the attack via his Twitter account, which has 87.3 million followers.
‘I don’t always agree the way he says things, but it is important to him that he speaks directly to the people he serves,’ she said.
The crowd of 300 laughed. Most of the supporters wore face masks but there was little socially distancing.
She began her remarks thanking people for their support when she, the president and their 14-year-old son Barron battled the coronavirus.
‘Thank you for all the love and support you gave us when our family was diagnosed with COVID-19. We are all feeling so much better now thanks to healthy living and some of the amazing therapeutic options available in our country - thank you again for your well wishes,’ she said.
Melania Trump attacked her husband's Democratic rival Joe Biden as a 'socialist' whose agenda would 'destroy America'
Melania Trump also attacked Democrats and the media in her remarks
The first lady came out swinging against Joe Biden in her first solo campaign event of the year
She attacked Democrats for impeaching her husband, echoing one of his campaign arguments with a claim they were impeaching President Trump while he battled the coronavirus.
‘Let us also not forget what the democrats chose to focus on when COVID-19 first came into our country. While the President was taking decisive actions to keep the American people safe, the democrats were wasting American tax-payer dollars in a sham impeachment,’ she said.
‘They cared more about removing our elected president. Meanwhile, I watched Donald continue to work hard to keep people informed and calm, to protect our economy, and make hard and unpopular decisions to do all he could to keep us all safe,’ she added.
She called out the president’s Democratic presidential rival, Joe Biden, by name and attacked his long record in public life.
‘Joe Biden attacked President Trump’s decision to put the American people first and closing travel from China. He called it “Xenophobic hysteria”. Now he suggests that he could have done a better job. Well, the American people can look at Joe Biden’s 36 years in congress and eight years in the Vice Presidency and determine whether they think he’ll finally be able to get something done for the American people’ she said.
Her speech had echoes of the president’s campaign arguments but with a softer touch. For example, while she attacked Biden’s long record of public service, she didn’t go as far as calling him a ‘corrupt politician,’ which President Trump has done. But she did call him a ‘socialist,’ which the president has accused him of.
‘Joe Biden’s policies and socialist agenda will only serve to destroy America and all that has been built in the past four years. We must keep Donald in the White House so he can finish what he’s started and our country can continue to flourish,’ she said.
And while she didn’t call out the ‘fake news’ as the president likes to call them, she did attack the media for its coverage, saying there was too much of a focus on ‘gossip.’
‘When he decided to run for president as a Republican, the media created a different picture of my husband— one I didn’t recognize— and treated all his supporters with equal disdain. The media has chosen to focus on stories of idle gossip and palace intrigue by editorializing real events and policies with their own bias and agendas,’ she said.
The first lady slammed the media last month when it reported on a book her former best friend and adviser in the East Wing Stephanie Winston Wilkoff wrote, which painted an unflattering picture of Melania Trump. Winston Wilkoff also played recorded conversations she made of the first lady, which featured Melania Trump making disparaging remarks about Christmas and immigrant children separated from the families at the border.
‘What drives the news are the handpicked, angry, and often baseless claims from anonymous sources or angry ex-employees who are only trying to distract from the important work happening inside the White House,’ she said.
She said Tuesday she wished the media would focus on her Be Best initiative when it came to her. The first lady rarely gives interviews or answers questions from the press.
‘For instance, my initiative, BE BEST, has one main goal - helping children. Yet the media have chosen to take the attention away from children and focus on only the negative,’ she said.
There were about 300 people in a converted barn to hear the first lady's remarks, many of them wore face masks
Former White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway introduced the first lady and told the crowd in Pennsylvania they would see the president again this weekend
She also directed her remarks to women, a voting bloc President Trump needs in his corner.
‘As a mother, I am grateful for a President who believes in strong families. As an independent woman, I am grateful for a President who has championed not only women, but working mothers, by promoting and supporting their roles