In a rare campaign speech, Melania Trump, wife of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, today strongly defended her husband, saying he would make ‘America great again’ and she would fight online bullying if she becomes first lady.
Speaking at a rally outside Philadelphia, Melania said, “I have come here to talk about this man I have known for 18 years. And I have come here today to talk about our partnership, our family, and what I know for sure in my heart, about this man, who will make America great again.”
Melania in her speech touched on family, her marriage, the campaign experience and the goals she has as first lady.
“Surrounded by our family, and speaking to an audience of millions, Donald promised to campaign on behalf of those who feel the system is broken and does not work for them, those who just want a fair shake, an opportunity for a better education, a better-paying job, a better future,” she said.
“He pledged to restore integrity to Washington, and respect for America abroad,” she said.
Melania said if she becomes first lady, she will improve a social media culture that “has gotten too mean and too rough, especially to children and teenagers”.
She was addressing her first campaign rally after the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July.
“People have asked me, if Donald is the President, what kind of first lady will you be?” she said.
“It is never OK when a 12-year-old girl or boy is mocked, bullied or attacked. It is terrible when it happens on the playground, and it is absolutely unacceptable when it is done by someone with no name hiding on the internet. We have to find a better way to talk to each other,” she said.
“We must find better ways to honour and support the basic goodness of our children, especially in social media,” she said.
“It will be one of the main focuses of my work, if I am privileged enough to become your first lady,” she added.
“I want our children in this country, and all around the world, to live a beautiful life, to be safe and secure. To dream freely of love and a family of their own someday. We need to teach our youth American values. Kindness, respect, compassion, charity, understanding, cooperation,” Melania said.