For the first time since the Capitol protests last Wednesday, First Lady of The United States- Melania Trump spoke out about the violence that took place. Expressing deep regret and condolences towards the lives that were lost, Mrs. Trump also lamented on the kind of gossips and accusations that were thrown at her.
Breaking her silence on the matter, the First Lady released a statement where she described herself as “disappointed and disheartened with what happened last week.” Immediately referring to the tough time she had to go through, Mrs. Trump wrote, “I find it shameful that surrounding these tragic events there has been salacious gossip, unwarranted personal attacks, and false misleading accusations on me – from people who are looking to be relevant and have an agenda. This time is solely about healing our country and its citizens. It should not be used for personal gain.”
She also expressed condolences to the families of five people who died in the unrest, pointedly listing the names of deceased pro-Trump demonstrators and that of Brian Sicknick, a police officer who died of wounds inflicted by the mob. She said, “Most recently, my heart goes out to Air Force Veteran, Ashli Babbitt, Benjamin Philips, Kevin Greeson, Roseanne Boyland, and Capitol Police Officers, Brian Sicknick and Howard Liebengood. I pray for their family’s comfort and strength during this difficult time.”
The first lady praised the “passion and enthusiasm” in the November presidential election, which her husband lost to Democrat Joe Biden, and went on to say, “Our Nation must heal in a civil manner. Make no mistake about it, I absolutely condemn the violence that has occurred on our Nation’s Capitol. Violence is never acceptable…I implore people to stop the violence, never make assumptions based on the color of a person’s skin or use differing political ideologies as a basis for aggression and viciousness. We must listen to one another, focus on what unites us, and rise above what divides us.”
In the end, the First Lady expressed gratitude towards the nation, whilst penning down what seemed like a goodbye note which read, “It has been the honor of my lifetime to serve as your First Lady. I want to thank the millions of Americans who supported my husband and me over the past 4 years and shown the incredible impact of the American spirit. I am grateful to you all for letting me serve you on platforms that are dear to me. Most importantly, I ask for healing, grace, understanding, and peace for our great Nation. Every day let us remember that we are one Nation under God. God bless you all and God bless the United States of America.”