WASHINGTON – After being silent for five days after the Capitol riot, instigated by her husband, Melania Trump, the first lady, issued a statement Monday complaining about how she was treated before continuing to condemn the deadly mob attack.
“I find it shameful that these tragic events have been the subject of harsh gossip, unwarranted personal attacks and false misleading accusations against me – by people who seek to be up to date and have an agenda,” Ms Trump said in a statement. the official website of the White House.
She added: “Our nation must heal in a civilian way. Make no mistake, I absolutely condemn the violence that has taken place in the Capitol of our nation. Violence is never acceptable. “
“At a time when the nation is in so much pain and we crave moral authority from our leaders, it shouldn’t have to do with how it can feel bad or uncharacteristic,” said Anita McBride, Laura’s chief of staff. Bush when she was the first lady.
Ms. McBride often defends Ms. Trump’s approach to her role. But she added: “Unfortunately, any good she has done or tried to do on behalf of the nation will be determined by this horrific period.”
In some ways, this was an appropriate end to Ms. Trump’s time in the White House. Her reckless attitude towards her position and her frustration with how she was covered by the news media were best expressed on the back of a jacket she wore during a trip to visit migrant children at detention centers at the Mexican border: ” I really don’t care. Do u? “
Ms. Trump’s focus, even during a national crisis, on those who criticized her seemed to complement the coat’s message: After all, when her husband’s term ends amid a crisis of democracy and loss of life, she gave more than the same account of her feeling of being portrayed unjustly.
An aide declined to say what specific “gossip” Ms. Trump was responding to in her belated statement about the mob attack. But her former adviser and confidante, Stephanie Winston Wolfoff, recently wrote in a column for The Daily Beast that “the truth is, she’s actually encouraging him to agree,” citing Ms. Trump’s general cheerleading attitude toward her husband.
She also accused Ms. Trump of engaging in scrapbooking in her spare time, filling albums with her own photos instead of using her global platform to promote some basic agenda.
Ms Wolkoff, who last year wrote memoirs about the break-up of her relationship with Ms Trump, dismissed the first lady’s statement as an attempt at “damage control”. In a text message, she said of the president and his wife: “Neither of them admits guilt for their actions and this is the misfortune of the administration.”
The statement, released Monday by Ms. Trump, also abounded in grammatical and typographical errors, including the misspelling of the last name of a rebel who was fatally shot during the Capitol attack, Ashley Babbitt. (It was later corrected online.)
Ms. Trump also expressed her condolences to Ms. Babbitt before mentioning Capitol police officers who died after the attack, Brian Cynic and Howard Liebengood.
The statement also recycled verbatim excerpts from Ms. Trump’s keynote address at the Republican National Convention last year.
Last week, two of Trump’s top aides, including her chief of staff and top communications adviser, Stephanie Grisham, resigned. It was not clear who helped Ms. Trump make the statement.
“I ask people to stop the violence, never to make assumptions based on the color of a person’s skin, or to use different political ideologies as a basis for aggression and viciousness,” Ms. Trump said in a statement. “We need to listen to each other, focus on what unites us, and rise above what divides us.”