Melania Trump makes plea for racial harmony in RNC speech

Melania Trump makes plea for racial harmony in RNC speech
Melania Trump spoke from the seat of presidential power which has angered the Democrats. Source: AP
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Daily US Times: In a live speech from the White House to the Republican party convention, the US First Lady Melania Trump has made a plea for racial unity.

“Stop the violence and looting,” Mrs Trump also said as protests continued over a police shooting in Wisconsin.

She urged Americans to stop making assumptions based on race and reflected candidly on US history.

President Donald Trump currently lags behind Democratic challenger Joe Biden in opinion polls for November’s election.

Mr Trump will address the RNC’s final night on Thursday.

What did Melania Trump say?

The US first lady delivered Tuesday evening’s keynote address before a small audience, including her husband, in the Rose Garden of the White House.

“Like all of you, I have reflected on the racial unrest in our country,” the normally limelight-shunning First Lady said.

She added: “It is a harsh reality that we are not proud of parts of our history. I encourage you to focus on the future while still learning from the past.”

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

She also ask people to stop the looting and violence being done ”in the name of justice, and never make assumptions based on the colour of a person’s skin.”

Tuesday’s convention schedule began with a prayer for black man Jacob Blake, the 29-year-old who was shot multiple times in the back by police in Wisconsin on Sunday.

President Trump tweeted a call for the state’s governor to bring in the National Guard as unrest continued following the shooting.

Mr Trump has often been accused by opponents of stoking racial tension, though black speakers at the opening night of the Republican convention emphatically denied he was racist.

Mrs Trump also expressed compassion in her speech for Americans worried about the coronavirus outbreak, which has killed more than 178,000 Americans.

She said: “I know many people are anxious. Some feel helpless. I want you to know you’re not alone.”

She praised her husband as someone who “makes no secrets about how he feels about things”.

“Total honesty is what we as citizens deserve from our president. Whether you like it or not you always know what he’s thinking,” Melania Trump added.

Melania’s decision to speak from the seat of presidential power has angered the opposition party, who said the venue was an inappropriate use of government resources for political purposes.

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