My husband is ready to lead this great nation: Melania Trump
Washington, July 19 (IANS) Former model Melania Trump delivered an uplifting, positive speech on Monday night on the first day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, portraying her husband Donald Trump as the candidate ready to lead the nation.
But first, the Republican Party’s presumptive presidential nominee made an unusual appearance in order to introduce her. The lights came down, and as Queen’s “We are the Champions” played in the arena, Trump walked on stage, CBS News reported.
He thanked the roaring crowd and promised, “Oh, we’re going to win. We’re going to win so big,” before going on to deliver a brief one-sentence introduction to “the next first lady…., my wife, an amazing mother, and an incredible woman, Melania Trump.”
The 46-year-old said the business mogul “will never, ever let you down” and that he “always has been an amazing leader,” CBS News quoted Melania as saying.
“My husband is ready to lead this great nation,” she said, adding “He is ready to fight every day, to give our children the better future they deserve.”
During her address, Melania touched on her upbringing in Slovenia, “a small, beautiful and then communist country in Central Europe,” her “elegant and hard-working mother,” and her father’s impact on her “passion for business and travel,” ABC News reported.
“After living and working in Milan and Paris, I arrived in New York City 20 years ago, and I saw both the joys and the hardships of daily life,” ABC News quoted former model as saying.
She joined the crowd in applauding her declaration that becoming an American citizen was “the greatest privilege on planet Earth”.
She used the later half of her speech focussing on topics that were sometimes controversial for her husband.
“Donald intends to represent all the people, not just some of the people. That includes Christians and Jews and Muslims, it includes Hispanics and African Americans and Asians, and the poor and the middle class,” she said.
“The primary season, and its toughness, is behind us…. The race will be hard-fought, all the way to November,” ABC News reported citing Melania as saying.
“It would not be a Trump contest without excitement and drama,” she added.
While she described Trump in a positive light, she didn’t offer any examples or anecdotes of her life with her husband.
“His achievements speak for themselves, and his performance throughout the primary campaign proved that he knows how to win,” she said.
Melania also congratulated the 16 Republican hopefuls for their wins during the primaries which began in March.
The three-day convention began on Monday night in Cleveland, Ohio, with some 5,000 delegates representing the country’s 50 states, the District of Colombia and five US territories.
Melania Trump plagiarises Michelle Obama’s in RNC speech
Washington, July 19 (IANS) Melania Trump has appeared to have lifted a chunk of her speech during the opening night of the Republican National Convention from First Lady Michelle Obama’s speech at the 2008 Democratic convention, NBC News reported on Tuesday.
However, it remained unclear exactly what was behind the close similarities between the two speeches, but Melania, wife of Republican Party’s presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump, said on NBC’s Today Show that she wrote the speech largely on her own.
“I read once over it, and that’s all. Because I wrote it…with as little help as possible,” she told host Matt Lauer, when asked if she had practiced the speech.
A two-paragraph section of the speech on Monday night in which Melania Trump talks about growing up valuing hard work and passing on those values to her children closely mirrored Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech, which was seen as a breakout moment for the future first lady and a humanising moment for her husband, President Brack Obama.
About halfway through her speech, Melania Trump declared, “My parents impressed on me the values that you work hard for what you want in life. That your work is your bond, and you do what you say and keep your promise. That you treat people with respect,” NBC News said.
Michelle Obama said in hers “Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values: that you work hard for what you want in life; that your word is your bond and you do what you say you’re going to do; that you treat people with dignity and respect, even if you don’t know them, and even if you don’t agree with them.”
Melania Trump went on to emphasise the need to “pass those lessons on to the many generations to follow, because we want our children in this nation to know that the only limit to your achievements is the strength of your dreams and the willingness to work for them.”
It’s a close copy of the next line in Michelle Obama’s speech “We want our children – and all children in this nation – to know that the only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work for them.”
The Trump campaign however, did not respond to the allegations, and Trump only offered praise for his wife’s address on Twitter, NBC News noted.
“It was truly an honor to introduce my wife, Melania. Her speech and demeanor were absolutely incredible. Very proud!” he tweeted.
The convention started on Monday in Cleveland, Ohio and will run till Thursday with some 5,000 delegates representing the country’s 50 states, the District of Colombia and five US territories present to determine Trump’s future to lead the country.