The riot at the Capitol building on Jan. 6 has led to an extremely rocky last week of the president’s first term in the White House.
In a statement on the official White House website, First Lady Melania Trump broke her silence on the deadly events that took place in the nation’s capital and held nothing back as she expressed her concern for America moving forward.
The first lady’s letter was the first time she has spoken in the wake of the mob that invaded the Capitol building last week.
What did she say?
Trump opened her letter by acknowledging the tragic loss of life due to the COVID-19 pandemic but said that despite the sadness and death, she was inspired to witness Americans and the citizens of countries around the world coming together during these difficult times.
She then touched on the Capitol riot, saying she was “disappointed and disheartened” about the events that took place. However, she said it is also disheartening that agenda-driven critics of of her and President Trump are using the tragedy to launch personal attacks against them.
“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,” Trump wrote.
She also expressed her sympathies for the families and friends of the Americans who needlessly died during the riots, including Air Force veteran Ashli Babbit and the Capitol police officers who either died or were gravely injured in the attack.
“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,” she wrote.
A proud American
The first lady has always made it clear how proud she is to be an American and reiterated that in her touching letter, saying that she’s especially thankful for the First Amendment freedoms that Americans are granted.
“Many have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect that right. With that in mind, I would like to call on the citizens of this country to take a moment, pause, and look at things from all perspectives,” she wrote.
Trump wrote that she “implores” Americans to halt the violence and refrain from using someone’s skin color or political leanings as an excuse to commit “aggression and viciousness,” adding that while it’s good to see Americans being passionate and engaging in the recent election and politics, it’s no excuse to engage in violence.
To conclude, the first lady thanked her and her husband’s millions of supporters, saying that it has been her honor to serve America for the past four years, adding that she’s grateful to “serve you on platforms which are dear to me.”