First lady Melania Trump, who takes a softer approach to politics than her husband, headlined Tuesday’s Republican Convention program with positive remarks from the historic and freshly-renovated White House Rose Garden.
The first lady, extolled “my own American Dream” of citizenship after a childhood under communist rule.
As the highlight speech on a night organized around the theme of the United States as “the land of opportunity,” Melania Trump’s immigrant story was meant to contrast legal immigration with the illegal immigration the president has argued is a scourge and a danger.
Her address also opened with an emotional tribute to Americans lost to the coronavirus pandemic, part of an apparent effort by her husband’s campaign to shore up support amid widespread public unhappiness over his handling of the crisis.
“My deepest sympathy goes out to everyone who has lost a loved one and my prayers are with those who are ill or suffering. I know many people are anxious and some feel helpless. I want you to know you are not alone,” she said.
“Donald will not rest until he has done all he can to take care of everyone impacted by this pandemic,” she said.