Melania Trump, the former supermodel hoping to become the next First Lady of the United States, told America on Monday night there is no doubt in her mind that her husband Donald “is ready to lead this great nation.”
Delivering the keynote address for the first night of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Trump effusively praised her husband, telling delegates in the Quicken Loans Arena that:
“Donald is, and always has been, an amazing leader. Now, he will go to work for you.”
She later added that:
“If you want someone to fight for you...I can assure you he's the guy. He will never, ever give up.”
A native Slovenian, Trump discussed the journey she took to become an American citizen in 2006, telling the crowd that:
“I was very proud to become a citizen of the United States — the greatest privilege on planet Earth.”
Much like her husband has throughout his campaign, Melania also took a moment to give thanks to veterans — including one very special vet, former U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Bob Dole (R-KS):
Her speech was designed to help humanize the presumptive GOP nominee to the American public, and as such, Trump focused on her husband's “loyalty” to family and how there is “a great deal of love” within their family.
She told the audience:
“With all of my heart I know that he will make a great and lasting difference. He will never give up and he will never, never let you down.”
There was much debate prior to her address as to whether Trump could pull off such a high-profile address, given the fact that she's largely stayed off the campaign trail in order to spend time with the couple's 10-year-old son, Barron.
It was even reported that Trump spent nearly six weeks preparing to give Monday night's remarks. Nonetheless, her speech came across sounding rather polished and flawless, even as Trump quipped that:
“It would not be a Trump contest without excitement and drama.”
Shortly after Melania's speech was delivered, critics began commenting on the similarity between her speech and the one Michelle Obama gave when her husband was running for president, noting entire paragraphs had been “plagiarized.”
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