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Melania Trump painted her husband's weaknesses as strengths when she argued for President Donald Trump's bid for a second term in a speech designed to appeal to female voters on Tuesday night - but also spoke at length on race and coronavirus, setting a s

por Darell Kaylock (2020-08-27)


Melania Trump painted her husband's weaknesses as strengths when she argued for President Donald Trump's bid for a second term in a speech designed to appeal to female voters on Tuesday night - but also spoke at length on race and coronavirus, setting a strikingly different tone from her husband.

She painted herself as a wife and a mother during her 26-minute remarks, which outlined the reasons women should vote for President Trump in November and addressed the areas where female voters rate him as weak, the coronavirus pandemic and race relations.

And unusually she intervened directly in unfolding events, as violence flared for a second night in Kenosha, WI, in the wake of the police shooting of Jacob Blake, left paralyzed after being shot seven times in the back.    

'I urge people to come together in a civil manner so we can work and live up to our standard American ideals.

I also ask people to stop the violence and looting being done in the name of justice,' she said.

Unlike Trump, she said of racial division: 'Like many of you, I have reflected on the racial unrest in our country. We are not proud of parts of our history.'

That set a tonal contrast to her husband, who clapped from the front row of the Rose Garden as she spoke, with her parents just behind him.

And she paid explicit tribute to the dead of the coronavirus pandemic - never using his 'China virus' phrase'  - saying she mourned with those left behind.

Her speech was meant to smooth away her husband's rough edges even as she was careful to stay out of the political arena.

It came on a night when Republicans tried to set a positive tone and lay claim to optimism, with Trump pardoning a black bank robber and swearing in five new Americans, both in the White House, while Mike Pence presented a video from Abraham Lincoln's childhood home with ordinary voters paying tribute to Trump.

But it also saw Tiffany and Eric Trump channel their father with his younger daughter making a rare public appearance to rail against big tech and the media claiming they try to 'mentally enslave' people to control what views they hear.